Glorious sunshine and bluebells in full bloom welcomed more than 400 walkers who stepped out across the Malvern Hills in aid of St Richard’s Hospice last month.

Groups of friends, colleagues, school children and families pulled on their walking boots for the annual St Richard’s Malvern Hills Walk on Saturday 19 May.

The walk – which has so far raised more than £20,000 for hospice care – included a family team who have raised more than £2,500 as a thank you for the care and support currently being received by a family member.  Corporate teams included law firm Harrison Clarke Rickerbys which supports many hospice events throughout the year, raising more than £1,300.

Jayne Sargeant, Fundraiser at St Richard’s Hospice said : “We were absolutely delighted to welcome everyone bright and early on our annual Malvern Hills Walk 2018; it was great to see so many supporters taking on this challenge for St Richard’s. We would like to extend a really big thank you to each and every supporter who fundraised for our care; every penny of the sponsorship raised will go directly to our patients and families to ensure we can carry on providing our free care.”

Charlotte Thornton-Smith, head of Harrison Clark Rickerbys’ Worcester office, said: “I’m very proud that so many of our staff took part in the Malvern Hills walk – we have supported St Richard’s Hospice for many years and it richly deserves all our efforts.

“It gives local families so much care and support at a very difficult time in their lives; all the fundraising from this walk will support them in that work.”

Walkers could choose from a two, five or 11-mile route over the beautiful Malvern Hills.

The walk is one of the hospice’s most popular events and has been going since the charity was launched in 1984. The event was kindly sponsored by Startin Skoda of Powick.  The organisers would also like to thank Malvern Hills Trust for their continued support, along with Westbridge Foods for water donations, Vandmoortele for pastries and Eat Natural for bars, all of which kept the walkers hydrated and energised.

St Richard’s Hospice provides free specialist palliative and end of life care for patients living with life-limiting illnesses and supports their loved ones. Each year the hospice team supports more than 3,300 patients, family members and bereaved people in Worcestershire.

The hospice strives to provide the best medical, practical, emotional and social support they can to help people live life to the fullest, as independently as they can, for as long as they can. They care for people with a range of illnesses including heart failure, Parkinson’s, and motor neurone disease as well as cancer. 

St Richard’s is an independent charity and relies on donations for three quarters of its annual £8.8m income with the remainder from the NHS.

St Richard’s has launched the Build 2020 Appeal which aims to raise the final £1.4m needed to build a bigger hospice, enabling more patients and families to be cared for in Worcestershire.  The total cost for expanding and redeveloping the existing building in Wildwood Drive, Worcester, is £5.3m.

For more information about St Richard’s Hospice visit  www.strichards.org.uk

 

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