Festive cheer for hospice

Glasses were raised in celebration at the St Richard’s Hospice sell-out Snowdrop Ball which raised £21,000 profit for the charity.

More than 430 guests enjoyed an evening of dining and dancing at Sixways Rugby Club in the annual event.

Guests gave generously to the raffle and auction and were entertained by The Fundamentals Band, a casino and disco.

Organiser Rachel Jones said, “It was a fabulous night with a record attendance. Everyone pulled out all the stops to look glamorous and kicked off the festive season with a bang! We are very grateful to the sponsors Britannia Bennetts of Malvern and Western Power Distribution;  all those who donated items for the auction and raffle and everyone who worked so hard to  make it such a special evening. We are delighted with the great feedback received and guests are already reserving their tables for next year!”

Rachel added, “Our next event which gives supporters the chance to dress up and have a dance is our fantastic Burns Night at The Abbey, Malvern on Saturday, 25th January. For more information go to

St Richard’s Hospice provides free specialist palliative care for patients living with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses and supports their families. Each year the hospice team supports over 2,400 patients and family members in Worcestershire.

Patients are cared for in Day Hospice, the 16-bed In-patient Unit or in their own homes by a specialist professional team as well as many trained volunteers.

In the In-patient Unit specialist staff are on hand 24 hours a day to manage patients’ symptoms and where, if they so choose, patients may spend the last few days of life in comfort and dignity. St Richard’s is grateful for all donations towards the £6.7m required each year to continue their work.


St Richard’s has started work on redeveloping and extending the In-patient Unit which will enable them to care for over a third more patients there. The changes will also mean St Richard’s can improve still further the experiences of patients and their families by offering greater privacy in single rooms.


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