Young copywriter goes dry for a year in support of St Richard’s

19th January 2017

A local copywriter and self-professed chocaholic will be going a lot further than just a dry January this year by abstaining from both chocolate and alcohol for the whole of 2017 in support of St Richard’s Hospice.

Jonny Wilson, a 25-year-old freelance copywriter living in Fountain Place, Worcester will be resisting temptation for a year by keeping his hands off both chocolate and alcohol in support of the charity after staff provided care for a close friend with cancer during the last months of her life.

Jonny said “both my friend and her husband were really touched by the level of care provided by the staff. I want others in her situation to be able to receive the same incredible care”.

Jonny added, “I’m in no shape to run a marathon, so instead I decided to do the next best thing and give up chocolate and alcohol for a year. Who knows, maybe I’ll be able to run a marathon in 2018.”

“I’m not anticipating this to be an easy year – my friends will attest to the fact that I am something of a chocaholic – but as more and more people make pledges, I am spurred on to make sure I see this challenge through to its conclusion”.

To donate to Jonny’s fund, visit

St Richard’s Hospice provides free specialist palliative care for patients living with life-limiting illnesses and supports their loved ones. Each year the hospice team supports over 2,500 patients and family members in Worcestershire.

The hospice strives to provide the best medical, practical, emotional and social support we can to help people live life to the fullest, as independently as they can, for as long as they can.

St Richard’s is an independent charity and is grateful for all donations to help it 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: 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.