Winner presented with hospice raffle car

20th April 2016

One lucky hospice supporter has been presented with the keys to a brand new Kia Rio, after winning the St Richard’s Hospice car raffle.

A ticket bought by David Waterhouse, from Upton-upon-Severn, was chosen at random from the many thousands of tickets purchased by St Richard’s supporters across the county and beyond.

The car raffle, which is an annual fundraising event, has raised over £37,000 to help the local hospice continue to offer compassionate care and dignity for patients at the end of their lives and support their families.

The draw was made on 31st March by Lisa Herbert, Healthcare Assistant, and Amy Garfield, Staff Nurse, who both provide care for patients staying in St Richard’s In-patient Unit.

Mr Waterhouse said; “St Richard’s provided wonderful care and support to my wife, both as an in-patient and when at home, before she died in 2014. The St Richard’s nurses and all the support staff are amazingly dedicated people and so caring, and helped us more that we could possibly have hoped for. I bought the raffle tickets as a way of giving back some of that support, but of course I am delighted to have won!”

The raffle was kindly sponsored by Edwards Motors, Kempsey; Worcester Racecourse; Gemini ARC, The Valley, Evesham, and Droitwich Print.

Charlie Homer, St Richard’s Community Fundraiser said, “As always we have been delighted by the support offered to the hospice by the local community. We would like to thank all the local businesses and all our volunteers who helped sell tickets across the county, and of course to everyone who bought a ticket and helped us raise such a fantastic amount to help us continue to care.”

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.

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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.