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Panto racers champ at the bit for hospice

Eleven teams champed at the bit for the St Richard’s Panto Horse Race race which took place during the evening meeting at Worcester Racecourse on Wednesday 23rd May.
This year the field contained a panto camel, cow, unicorn and reindeer competing against the horses.

Teams on the racecard included jockeys Paul Thomas and Mark De Blacquiere from Foresters; Robin Mayo and Phil Dutton, Handlesbanken; Chris Wilson and Steve Taylor, St Richard’s Hospice; Chris Keen and Daniel Lewis; owned by Hursty from Free Radio; Mark Cowley and Rob Stratton, ReadyHedge Ltd; George Pickard and Will Kerton, Knight Frank; Carl Theakston and Steve Briggs, ESP Ltd; Amanda Waterman and Oliver Limpkin. ESP Ltd; Cat Banks and Steph Belcher, ESP Ltd; Nathaniel Pitt and Angela Pitt; and Patrick Mc Geever and Rob Thom, Graffica Ltd.

Teams of two galloped over one furlong in the race with prizes for the first three to finish and the best turned out. The winners were ReadyHedge, who just pipped the Graffica team followed closely by the Free Radio duo. Lizzie Brazier, St Richard’s Hospice Fundraiser said, “It was a really great race. It was sweltering hot but the teams put on a great turn of speed in front of cheering crowds. We are hoping to have raised over £3,000 from the race sponsorship and donations. A big thank you to all those who took part.”
To see a video of the race click on www.strichards.org.uk/news

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 2,300 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 £6.1m required each year to continue their work. Over the next five years the hospice plans to develop patient services to meet the specialist palliative and end of life care needs within the community including expanding Hospice at Home services.

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 2,300 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 £6.1m required each year to continue their work.
Over the next five years the hospice plans to develop patient services to meet the specialist palliative and end of life care needs within the community including expanding Hospice at Home services.

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