27th August 2015

Worcester Festival firework finale supports hospice

A spectacular firework display will form the finale of this year’s Worcester Festival with collections in aid of St Richard’s Hospice.

This year’s Worcester Festival, which has offered a wide range of music and arts activities over the last two weeks, will conclude this weekend with a firework spectacular on Bank Holiday Monday 31st August. The fireworks display is free to attend but donations are welcome in aid of St Richard’s Hospice which cares for patients with life-threatening illnesses and supports their families.

The Worcester Festival fireworks display typically attracts around 7,000-9,000 to the city centre, depending on the weather. A team of hospice and festival supporters will be available in the area during the display to collect donations from people attending.

The hospice will also be hosting a sell-out evening river cruise, offering 160 guests the opportunity to view the fireworks display from a unique viewpoint. Hospice guests will enjoy a four hour river cruise along the River Severn on The Pride of the Midlands with a glass of fizz before returning to Worcester to watch the fireworks finale. Hursty and Helen from Free Radio, Worcestershire, and eight competition winners will also be joining in with the party atmosphere on board.

Tricia Cavell, Fundraising Director at St Richard’s Hospice said; “We are very grateful to receive such wonderful support from the local community, and our dedicated volunteers who will be out and about during the evening collecting donations to help us continue to care for patients and their loved ones. Together with our fireworks evening cruise, we are expecting that we will be able to raise around £5,000 to support our care. This amount will cover the cost of caring for a patient in our In-patient Unit for 10 days.”