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Volunteers help hospice garden grow

20th February 2017

A team of kind-hearted volunteers have helped plant up new borders at St Richard’s Hospice in Worcester.

Almost 20 people from Medtronic, based in Watford, spent the day digging and planting  in the hospice grounds as a thank you to the charity for its care of Laura Walker, the daughter of Sales Director, Mark Kerrigan.

Emma van Eeden, Senior Marketing Manager said, “Laura was looked after by the St Richard’s team at the end of her short life, and the support they gave Mark and his family was something he talks about often. That made us think it would be great to come and volunteer to give something back.”

She added, “Our company’s mission is to help create a better, healthier world for patients, communities and the environment and volunteering at St Richard’s was a great example of giving something back to a cause that matters to us.  We hope we will be able to contribute again in a small way in the future.”

St Richard’s has more than 900 active volunteers helping in all areas of the hospice from patient care to its 17 shops in the county.

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 over 2,500 patients and family members in Worcestershire.

The hospice strives to provide the best medical, practical, emotional and social support we 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.

 

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.