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23rd August 2016

St Richard’s Hospice has launched a new campaign aimed at recruiting 101 volunteers in 101 days to help run the charity’s 17 stores across Worcestershire.

The high street stores are the charity’s face within the community and last year their shops achieved a turnover of £2.37m through the sale of good quality clothes, bric-a-brac, books and furniture donated by local people.

Danny Corns, Commercial Director, said; “We have developed a successful chain of shops across the county and are very grateful for the dedication of our volunteers and the local community who generously support the hospice.”

“In order to continue this success we would welcome new volunteers to join our team. Not only will their volunteering help to make a difference to our patients and families, but they will be at the heart of the community; make new friends, gain new skills and have fun!”

Mr Corns explained, “We decided to focus on recruiting 101 volunteers to get people interested and start a conversation.”

He added, “We realise that many people have a very busy lifestyle but would still like to get involved in volunteering so we are flexible to fit in with their needs.  Just a few hours a week in one of our shops, in the short or long term,  will make a big difference.”

St Richard’s is offering taster sessions in the shops to try out volunteering and also running a number of information sessions in their stores around Worcestershire. The next one is at the St Richard’s shop in Evesham on Thursday 8th September from 9.30am and St Swithin Street, Worcester, on Friday 16th September from 9.30am.

Anyone able to volunteer is asked to call into their local shop to chat with the manager about the volunteer opportunities available or call Staff and Volunteer recruitment co-ordinator Kirstie Smith on 01905 763963 email ksmith@strichards.org.uk or go online http://www.strichards.org.uk/volunteers/shops-and-warehouse

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 2,500 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.