Teams take on tough challenge for St Richard’s

28th June 2017

Picture by Martin Bennett, of Axiom Training
Picture by Martin Bennett, of Axiom Training
Picture by Martin Bennett, of Axiom Training
Picture by Martin Bennett, of Axiom Training
Picture by Martin Bennett, of Axiom Training
Picture by Martin Bennett, of Axiom Training
Photo by Sara Wild
Picture by Martin Bennett, of Axiom Training
Picture by Martin Bennett, of Axiom Training
Picture by Martin Bennett, of Axiom Training
Picture by Martin Bennett, of Axiom Training

Tireless teams of fundraisers paddled, plodded and pedalled their way through a tough 45-mile challenge to raise around £12,000 for hospice care.

A total of eight teams from Worcester, Evesham, Malvern and beyond gathered in Pershore to begin the St Richard’s Hospice Paddle Plod and Pedal event on Sunday 25 June.

Now in its seventh year, the day-long challenge began with teams paddling along the River Avon from Pershore to Tewkesbury in bell boats, before walking from Tewkesbury to Kempsey.

Teams then took to the saddle at Edwards Motors in Kempsey and pedalled the remainder of the route back to Pershore – where they were greeted by cheering friends and family.

Jayne Sargeant, Community Fundraiser at St Richard’s, said: “Well done to everyone who took on this tough challenge – there was great team spirit and you all did a fantastic job.

“We are delighted to have raised so much for St Richard’s, it will help to provide free hospice care for those living with life-limiting illnesses and supporting their families.

“Thank you to Andy Train at Fladbury Paddle Club, all the volunteers who helped on the day, local businesses and – of course – everyone who took part. We couldn’t have done it without you. Bring on next year!”

Each team was rewarded with well-earned medals and a pig roast provided by Checketts Ombersley hosted at Pershore Football Club.

Among those taking part was team Where’s the Finish? – or WTF – who completed the challenge for the fourth year running.

Also taking part were teams from Malvern business Britannia Bennetts, Harrison Clark Rickerbys, Danny’s Paddlers – a team from XS Fitness based in Worcester, the Hateful Eight – a team from Auto Suppliers Ltd based in Kidderminster, St Andrew’s Army, from St Andrews CE First School in Evesham, the Painkillers – a team made up of staff from the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, and the Dirty Weekenders.

Together, the teams have pledged to raise £12,000 – with more donations set to come in over the next couple of weeks.

St Richard’s Hospice provides free specialist palliative care for patients living with life-limiting illnesses and supports their loved ones. Each year the hospice team supports more than 3,000 patients, family members and bereaved in Worcestershire.

The hospice strives to provide the best medical, practical, emotional and social support they can to help people live life to the fullest, as independently as they can, for as long as they can.

St Richard’s is an independent charity and is grateful for all donations to help it continue its work.

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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.