Runners hit the streets on hottest day of year

22nd May 2018

Hundreds of runners turned out in glorious sunshine to take on the Worcester Full and Half Marathon.

The popular race – which is now in its seventh year – took place on Sunday, May 20, and followed a course through the beautiful Worcestershire countryside, starting and finishing at Sixways Stadium, near Worcester.

St Richard’s Hospice was the beneficiary charity for this year’s event – while a number of runners also took on fundraising for the hospice too.

So far, more than £5,000 has been raised for St Richard’s which will help support the free care it provides to patients, their loved ones and bereaved people across Worcestershire.

Alison Parkes, Fundraiser at St Richard’s, said: “We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who took part in the Worcester Full and Half Marathon – including all the fantastic volunteers.  You were all amazing!”

The Worcester Full and Half Marathon is organised by Tempo Events and sponsored by Hewett Recruitment.  With their support, St Richard’s has raised more than £45,000 since the race was launched.

Those interested in their next running challenge are invited to join the hospice team, for the Worcester City Half Marathon and 10K on Sunday 16 September; places are limited to 10 places for each distance with runners receiving 10% off their entry fee as well as a free running t-shirt or vest; for further information please visit .

The hospice also has one place left for the Great North Run on Sunday 9 September, the world’s biggest half marathon; runners are required to raise a minimum of £750.  Further information is available at

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.