Team takes on tough challenge for hospice

25th September 2018

A team of fierce fundraisers took on a tough 10k run through mud, lakes and woodland – all in support of hospice care.

The 26-strong team from OGL Computer, based in Stourport and Kidderminster, completed the Wolf Run challenge and raised more than £4,600 for St Richard’s Hospice.

Each team member tackled a series of obstacles – running, jumping, crawling and swimming their way around the course.

Paul Colwell, Chief Technology Officer at OGL, said: “The team was made up of staff with a diverse range of fitness levels so it was really great to see the stronger members of the team supporting their colleagues all the way round.“The whole team completed the course and gave everyone a chance to really push themselves whilst raising money for a very worthy local charity which has personal connections to many of our staff.

“Those that didn’t take part showed their support by sponsoring their colleagues so it was a true company affair. I’d definitely recommend the event to others, it was great fun!”

The company, which specialises in IT software, cyber security and solutions, has chosen St Richard’s as its charity of the year and is undertaking a number of activities to raise money in support of its care and support.

It is sponsoring the Worcester-based charity’s Severn Valley Walk on Saturday, October 13 and is also entering a team for the challenge.

Ria Simons, Fundraiser at St Richard’s, said: “We have been blown away by the support OGL has given us and are in awe of the team taking on such a tough challenge for our care!

“Every penny raised will go to supporting our free, specialist care to patients living with life-limiting illnesses, their loved ones and bereaved people.

“On behalf of everyone here at St Richard’s, I’d like to say a big thank you to the OGL team.”

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.