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Superheroes team up for hospice

1st June 2017

Move over Batman! A team of intrepid crusaders are on a mission to develop amazing powers during a first-of-its-kind event.

12 employees from county-wide Fortis Living will be revealing their inner superpowers at the aptly named Superhero Challenge on Saturday 17 June.

The colleagues are coming together from all areas of the company, from Grounds Maintenance and Property Care to Income Management, Development and Assets through to Finance and Communities, and range from teens to fifties.

Organised by St Richard’s Hospice the challenge is a 5km walk or run with a definite difference and will include a giant inflatable obstacle course, a foam bath, bouncy tunnels, giant hammers, UV bubble pods and a grand finale in the form of the Big Bertha Drop Slide!

Lara Latcham, Fundraiser and Bid Writer at Fortis Living said : “Fortis Living is dedicated to building better homes and better lives and supporting vital local charities like St Richard’s is very close to our vision and mission as well as our hearts.  Many of our tenants and colleagues’ lives have been touched by the hospice’s work so we decided to take the opportunity to have some fun and raise money for this worthwhile cause.

“We are also keen on providing as many opportunities as possible for our employees to keep fit and health and enjoy social activities.  The Fortis Living Social Club is subsidising entry fees for the events and we will be collecting donations for the hospice from across the organisation.”

Rachel Jones, Fundraising Manager at St Richard’s Hospice said : “We’re delighted to welcome the abundant superhero spirit that is Team Fortis to our Superhero Challenge next month!  Their bionic force is unstoppable as they  raise money for our care.  We have more than 600 people already registered but there are still spaces to be had so dust off those superpowers and sign up for this one-of-a-kind event.  Our message is simple; be a hero for the day!”

To donate to the Fortis Living team, please visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/JulieJones2017.

Taking place at the University of Worcester Lakeside Campus in Holt, Worcester, organisers are encouraging those who are taking part to bring along a photo of their real life ‘hero’ to share on the Superhero Gallery, which will be in a prime location for all to enjoy during the day.

Fortis Living is no stranger to social responsibility initiatives; it organises a dress down day at work every week for charities voted for by employees.  Last year, its Communities Week activities raised more than £1000 for St Richard’s and each year it raffles a St Richard’s Christmas cake.

Places are limited to 50 per time slot – which are every 15 minutes between 10.00am and 4.00pm – with a minimum height restriction of 123cm; anyone 16 years and younger must be accompanied by an adult.  Those with medical conditions or skin allergies are advised not to take part in the event.

The event is kindly being sponsored by A44 Tyre Shop.

Participants are asked to pledge to raise sponsorship of £50 or more to help St Richard’s continue to offer free care to patients and their loved ones.

Adult before 9 June – £30 + £2.27 admin fee;

Child before 9 June – £25 + £1.99 admin fee.

To register go to www.strichards.org.uk/superherochallenge. For further information please call 01905 763 963.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

During this challenging time, we are doing our utmost to continue caring for the patients and loved ones who need us most.

The way we work has been adapted, with many of our services delivered remotely – such as over the phone, or by video call. And we are working closely with other health care professionals in Worcestershire to share knowledge and expertise at this time.

Latest changes at St Richard’s Hospice

  • In-patient Unit: To protect patients and staff  from the spread of the virus, we are following national guidance and therefore it is with regret we are not able to accept visitors. Please do not hesitate to contact the In-patient Unit with any questions on 01905 958163. Thank you for your understanding at this difficult time.
  • Community Nursing: Community services continue to operate, with a mixture of hands-on care and remote support.
  • Living Well and Family Support Services: Switched to virtual model, with care given remotely over the phone or via video call.
  • Shops: All 19 of our shops and warehouse are temporarily closed. Please do not leave donations outside our shops, as we are unable to collect them at this time.
  • Fundraising: All hospice organised events until the end of August have been postponed. If you wish to support us, please donate to our Resilience Fund.

Please do not visit St Richard’s Hospice if you have a high temperature or new, continuous cough. If you have these symptoms, please stay at home and self-isolate for seven days. See NHS advice on coronavirus.

Thank you for your support and understanding at this difficult time.