Worcester University Charity of the Year

23rd October 2014

Staff and students at the University of Worcester have raised more than £10,500 for St Richard’s Hospice.

The Hospice was selected as the University’s Charity of the Year for the 2013/14 academic year during which a number of events took place, including raffles, a quiz night and collections tins placed around the University’s campuses.

More than half of the total amount raised was thanks to the University’s Security team, who tackled the Three Peaks Challenge.

University of Worcester Vice Chancellor and Chief Executive, Professor David Green, said: “St Richard’s Hospice does wonderful work.  The University works very closely with St Richard’s in educating the end of life and palliative care specialist nurses and health care workers for today and tomorrow. Our longstanding cooperation has been strengthened by the launch of our Centre for Palliative Care Research, which also includes St Richard’s Hospice.

“Members of the University, staff and student alike, particularly our wonderful facilities, security and estates team have shown great commitment to raising money for St Richard’s as well. To top £10,000 is simply wonderful.”

Mark Jackson, Chief Executive at St Richard’s Hospice, said; “We were delighted to work with the University as their Charity of the Year and have been very grateful for all the effort that staff and students have put into raising money for us. This is a fantastic achievement and the funds will be used to help us continue to offer compassionate care to patients at the end of their lives, and support their loved ones.”

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.