Toe-tapping fun at barn dance

22nd June 2015

Tesco team

Toe-tappers at a traditional barn dance in Peopleton have raised over £5,500 profit for St Richard’s Hospice (on Saturday 13th June).

The event, which was organised by kind permission of Sue and Paul Dunne at Old Pound Farm, Peopleton near Pershore, was held in the farm’s barn.

Around 200 guests quickly filled the dance floor where The Whole Caboodle band and caller took partygoers through their steps. In addition to traditional dance tunes the group played music from the 60s, giving a spin on a regular barn dance experience.

Those working up a hunger and thirst were treated to a pig roast and cheese by Ken Tallis and beers and ciders from Wye Valley Brewery and Clive’s Fruit Farm.

The barn dance was kindly sponsored by local business Jelf Clarke Roxburgh and supported by the St Richard’s Hospice Business Patrons.

Rachel Jones, Fundraising Manager at St Richard’s Hospice said; “It was a fantastic evening with everyone getting into the spirit of the night. We are so grateful to Sue and Paul Dunne who spent weeks clearing out their barns. We would also like to thank sponsors Jelf Clarke Roxburgh and E Hill & Sons for their contribution and coming up with the idea. A team from Tesco volunteered and helped the night go with a swing and we are grateful to Barclays for match giving of £1,000. All in all, a great night!”

St Richard’s Hospice provides free specialist palliative care for patients living with life-threatening illnesses and supports their families. Each year the hospice team supports over 2,600 patients and family members in Worcestershire with compassion, kindness, dignity and respect.

Patients are cared for in Day Hospice, the 17-bed In-patient Unit or in their own homes by a specialist professional team as well as many trained volunteers.

In the In-patient Unit, specialist staff are on hand 24 hours a day to manage patients’ symptoms and where, if appropriate, patients may spend the last few days of life in comfort and dignity. St Richard’s is an independent charity and is grateful for all donations to help it to continue its work.

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.