Celebrate and remember

Find ways to remember your loved ones this season with the help of St Richard’s.

 

Celebrate and remember

The festive season can be a particularly poignant time for many who are remembering and celebrating loved ones who are no longer here.

 

St Richard’s Hospice recognises this and offers a range of services and events in the Worcestershire community to support people through this time.

 

The hospice’s Lights of Love campaign sees families and friends dedicate a light to their loved one and uniting to share their experience of missing someone special. The events are also a time where people find solace through lighting a candle at the services and taking time to reflect.

 

Donations to Lights of Love helps the hospice to continue to provide all its care and support to people with a serious progressive illness, their loved ones and bereaved people across the county.

 

Many people don’t realise the scale of the support offered to patients, their families and carers by the hospice. For example, the Family Support Team work includes counselling, bereavement support, social work, community volunteer support, and support to individuals and families who are bereaved unexpectedly (through Bereavement Support South Worcestershire).

 

Last year the Family Support Team received 1,716 referrals and gave 2,527 one to one support sessions, 207 group sessions and almost 5,000 telephone contacts. £238,872 was obtained for patients and families in benefits and trust fund grants by the hospice Citizen’s Advice team.

 

Other activities include running Carers’ Groups, a bereavement walking group; teenagers and children’s activity days; men’s and women’s space groups for patients and support groups for adults bereaved by suicide.

 

The Family Support Team receives lots of heartfelt feedback on their work, including this comment from a bereaved relative in October: “One of your superb counsellors helped me to mental well-being over a very long period following my late husband’s diagnosis right the way through until months and months after his death. I owe St Richard’s, all your Family Support Team running various courses, groups and your amazing chef Kevin, as well as my amazing counsellor for helping me come to terms with life. Forever grateful.”

 

Other ways to remember and support

Donor Tree - The St Richard’s Hospice Donor Tree has 456 elegant bronze, silver and gold effect leaves and takes pride of place in the hospice reception for all to see.

 

Simply select your leaf colour and donation amount and then choose your own personal message to be engraved on a leaf, in celebration or remembrance of someone special.

 

Each leaf will remain in place on the tree for one year starting from July and December. After twelve months you can choose to renew your donation and keep the leaf on the tree or the hospice can send it back to you to keep and treasure forever.

 

Tree of Life

In the hospice garden there is a special tree where friends and relatives can choose to hang a silver leaf in memory of a loved one.

 

Online Forget-me-Not Tribute Fund

Setting up an online tribute fund allows you to remember and share precious memories, while helping raise money to support the hospice.

 

Regular giving

A regular gift in memory of your loved one allows St Richard’s to help their patients towards the best quality of life possible. Regular income means they can plan and develop services more effectively, safe in the knowledge of a committed income into the hospice.

 

For all of the above and more events, please visit www.strichards. org.uk or call the Fundraising Team on 01905 958262.

 

St Richard’s Hospice cares for adults with a serious progressive illness, improving their quality of life from diagnosis, during treatment and to their last days. It also supports their loved ones.

 

Each year the hospice team supports more than 3,400 patients, family members and bereaved people in Worcestershire.

 

St Richard’s is an independent charity and relies on donations and gifts in Wills for the majority of its income with 22% funded by the NHS.

 

 

www.strichards.org.uk

 

 

 

 

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