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Walkers step out to raise money for hospice care

23rd May 2017

Wet weather did not dampen the spirits of more than 500 walkers who stepped out across the Malvern Hills in aid of St Richard’s Hospice.

Groups of friends, colleagues, school children and families pulled on their walking boots for the annual St Richard’s Malvern Hills Walk on Saturday, May 20.

Among the intrepid walkers was the new chair of Malvern Hills District Council, Councillor Chris O’Donnell, who celebrated 20 years of taking part in the event.

Councillor O’Donnell completed the five mile walk with her husband Tony, daughter Tonya O’Donnell and five-year-old granddaughter Seren-Grace O’Donnell.

She said: “We had a lovely time completing the Malvern walk for St Richard’s Hospice. The marshals around the walk were great and guided everyone along the route.

“This year the weather wasn’t as kind to us but we all managed to complete the walk across the hills. The views out to Bredon Hill on one side and over to Colwall on the other side were outstanding and you could see for miles.

“Our group’s youngest walker, Seren-Grace, was wonderful and happy, chatting as she walked.”

Councillor O’Donnell is supporting St Richard’s as one of her chosen charities during her year in office.

Joining the many supporters walking in memory of a loved one, were David Craig, Charlie Russell-Pavier, Betsy Brua, Pete Mathers and Louise Russell-Pavier. The group completed the five-mile route for Catriona Craig, who was cared for by St Richard’s in 2015.

In 2016 the walk raised a staggering £23,000 for the hospice, and it is hoped a similar amount will be raised this year.

Jayne Sargeant, Community Fundraiser at St Richard’s Hospice, said: “We were delighted to see so many people out enjoying the Malvern Hills Walk last weekend.

“We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who took part and raised money for St Richard’s.

“This event is so important to help us continue to raise the vital funds to support St Richard’s hospice care.”

Walkers could choose from either a two, five or 11-mile route over the beautiful Malvern Hills.

The walk is one of the hospice’s most popular events and has been going since the charity was launched in 1984.

The event was kindly sponsored by Bloor Homes.

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.