Worcestershire Way Walkers raised thousands for hospice care

Categories: Fundraising.

Walkers who took part in an annual 31 mile walk in soaring temperatures have raised more than £11,000 for a local charity.

The 60 intrepid walkers strode out on a challenge to walk the whole of the Worcestershire Way in a day to raise funds for the care of St Richard’s Hospice across the county. (on Friday 7 July)

The teams and individual walkers, along with some runners, took on the challenging 31-mile dawn ‘til dusk trek in aid of St Richard’s Hospice.

The walkers began in Bewdley and trekked across Worcestershire countryside before reaching the first refreshment stop at Abberley Hall school. There, local volunteers had laid on a nourishing array of cakes for the hungry walkers. Next stop was lunch courtesy of The Talbot at Knightwick where volunteer massage therapists from Glenfall Massage and Worcester Wellness helped ease aching muscles.

After a tough steep climb on the Malvern Hills the walkers completed the challenge and received their certificates and congratulations at The Red Lion in Malvern.

Alison Parkes, Fundraiser at St Richard’s Hospice, said; “despite the hot temperatures the walkers stayed motivated and together have raised an incredible amount for our care of patients and families.”

She added;

“Many people took on this challenge in memory of someone special, as a way of saying thank you for the hospice care they received. But often at the end of the walk they realise that they have achieved something fantastic for themselves too.

We are saying a huge thank you to all the walkers for their incredible dedication and perseverance in keeping on until the end of the walk.”

The event was kindly sponsored by Hagley Homes.

St Richard’s Hospice is an independent charity caring for adults with a serious progressive illness, improving their quality of life from diagnosis, during treatment to their last days and supporting those important to them.

Each year the hospice team supports more than 3,100 patients, family members and bereaved people in Worcestershire.

It costs £9.72m to run the hospice (21/22 audited accounts), which includes patient care and all the necessary support services.

St Richard’s relies on donations and gifts in Wills for the majority of its income with the remainder funded by the NHS.

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


Photo credits to Martin Bennett from Axiom Pictures and St Richard’s Hospice.


Who does St Richard’s Hospice care for?

St Richard’s cares for people with a serious progressive illness who have complex needs which cannot be met by other services. These include cancer, and neurological, respiratory, cardiac and renal conditions.

All its services are available to people registered with a South Worcestershire GP. The St Richard’s In-patient Unit cares for people across Worcestershire.

St Richard’s cares for people by:

  • involvement in the course of a person’s illness alongside other therapies that are intended to prolong life
  • enabling people to manage their illness and remain independent for as long as possible
  • helping people to control their pain and other worrying symptoms
  • helping people with emotional, social, practical and spiritual issues
  • supporting families and carers before and through bereavement
  • working in partnership with other health care providers and organisations
  • encouraging wider understanding that death is a part of life
  • supporting the local community to be well informed about the care available to them
  • supporting the health and social care workforce through education to provide high-quality, individualised care.

Where they care

St Richard’s offers free care and support for people in the hospice, in the community, in GP surgeries, at clinics or by telephone.

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