Walkers step out for hospice

20th June 2016

Hospice supporters set their alarm clocks early last week and hoped for clear skies as they walked the Worcestershire Way for St Richard’s Hospice.

More than 130 walkers set off from Bewdley at dawn on Friday 17th June to take part in a challenge to walk the whole of the Worcestershire Way in a day to support hospice care.

The walkers began at 6am in Bewdley and trekked across wonderful Worcestershire countryside before reaching the first refreshment stop at Abberley Hall school. There, the Abberley Clockwatchers WI had laid on a nourishing array of cakes for the hungry walkers. Next stop was lunch courtesy of The Talbot at Knightwick before a tough finish on the slopes of the Malvern Hills.

The teams and individual walkers who completed the challenging 31-mile dawn ‘til dusk trek were fortunate that, after a very wet week, the rain mostly held off. Teams of hospice volunteers were on hand to support the walkers on their challenging walk, providing much appreciated refreshments, directions and massages to soothe sore muscles.

Alison Parkes, Senior Fundraiser at St Richard’s Hospice, said; “It was a great event with team spirit and camaraderie amongst the walkers taking part. This year, the going was quite muddy after a week of heavy rain, and this added to the challenge. We are delighted that this year more walkers than ever joined in to put themselves to the test and are very grateful to them for raising funds to help continue to care for patients at the end of their lives, and support their families. We anticipate that this year walkers will have raised in the region of £20,000 towards our care which is a fantastic amount.”

She added; “Many people took on this challenge in memory of someone special, as a way of saying thank you for the hospice care they received. But often at the end of the walk they realise that they have achieved something fantastic for themselves too.”

The event is kindly sponsored by Carisson Properties Ltd.

St Richard’s Hospice provides free specialist palliative care for patients living with life-limiting 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.