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Thousands raised in memory of cyclist

13th November 2018

More than £7,000 has been raised for the hospice which cared for a keen cyclist before he died.

Keith Stoneham, from Fernhill Heath, had cancer and was cared for by the St Richard’s Hospice community team before he died in 2017 aged 48.

Earlier this year, Stuart Summers and Ian Smith (pictured left) – of the city’s Elgar Cycles and Worcester Cycle Centre – decided to take on the tough London to Paris cycling challenge in memory of Mr Stoneham, who was a regular customer.

The ride saw Mr Smith cycle 342 miles from capital to capital in temperatures reaching 42C – while Mr Summers was unable to join, following injury in a cycling accident before the challenge.

“It is a great pleasure to have raised so much money for such a great cause,” said Mr Summers.

“I only hear outstanding reports about the care given by St Richard’s Hospice and going forward this will be my chosen charity due to this!”

Keith Stoneham

The grand total for the duo’s fundraising has now been revealed – with a donation of £4,000 from Helen Stoneham, raised from the sale of her husband’s bikes at Worcester Cycle Centre.

“We would like to thank Helen for supporting the effort in donating £4,000 from the sales of Keith’s bikes,” continued Mr Summers.

“We would also like to thank friends, family and customers of both shops for their generous support.”

Mrs Stoneham explained: “A nurse visited on a weekly basis and her support was fantastic for both of us.

Ian Smith, Jodi Brandwood and Stuart Summers

“Together with the hospice’s community consultant, she was able to get Keith’s pain relief under control and she really made a huge difference to how we coped with his terminal diagnosis.

“Keith particularly found her great to talk to. It’s hard for me to put into words what a great help she was.”

Alongside the care provided to people at home through its Community Nursing Team and Hospice at Home services, St Richard’s Hospice also supports patients and loved ones at its site in Wildwood Drive, Worcester.

To find out more about the hospice’s community support, visit strichards.org.uk/care-in-your-community

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: It is with great sadness that due to stringent infection control measures, we are required to restrict visiting and cannot offer the comprehensive level of service in the way we usually do. However, we will still do our utmost to make sure that each patient and loved one is given the compassion and dignity they deserve. To help families stay in touch we are encouraging virtual visiting using technology such as video calls and apps. This will be discussed and explained to patients and families on admission and we can help provide access to equipment in the hospice. In addition, the IPU nursing team will liaise with each patient and family to arrange short daily visits from the patient's closest loved one and compassionate visiting, as appropriate. Read the full details here.
  • 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.