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St Richard's Hospice: 30th Anniversary

Whether it's running a marathon, walking the length of the Malvern Hills or even skydiving, dozens of fundraising events are planned to mark the thirtieth anniversary of St. Richard's Hospice. Since it was founded in 1984 it has cared for thousands of individuals and their families.

Every year the Hospice needs to raise almost 70 percent of its running costs from voluntary donations. In the current financial year that target was £6.7 million and thanks to the hard work and generosity of local people and businesses, they continue to provide our services.

Perhaps the most exciting fundraising event this year takes place on 20th September, when the Northern Belle, one of the Orient Express trains, will take paying guests on a luxurious journey from Worcester. After enjoying brunch on the train, guests will arrive in Bath for a day of sightseeing before the homeward journey which includes a champagne dinner. Some of the people who have already booked tickets are treating loved ones, or celebrating a birthday or special anniversary. It will truly be a very unique and memorable day.

The Hospice full and half-marathon takes place on 4th May with a route taking in the beautiful countryside to the east of Worcester. The Malvern Hills Walk on 17th May is a popular annual event and there are a number of different distances to suit all abilities. Fundraisers will be walking the Worcestershire Way from Bewdley to Malvern, there's a four day cycling challenge from London to Paris, there is even have an 'Ultra-Challenge' where the aim is to cover 52 miles by walking or running and within 24 hours.

If you are brave enough, there's a Sponsored Skydiving taking place in June and September. Fundraising treks abroad are organised, this year sponsored trekkers will be heading to Burma.

There are always lots of social events, at the moment the finishing touches are being put to a Bollywood Evening which will be held in June, with an indian banquet, music and dancing. 

Towards the end of this year the Lights of Love evening will take place once again. It starts at Worcester Cathedral, where there's a chance to come together and reflect on loved ones that people might have lost. A procession along Deansway arrives at St Richard's Christmas Tree next to St Andrew's Spire, where each light on the tree is sponsored to commemorate a loved one.

If you'd like more information on any of these events, the Hospice can be contacted on (01905) 763963 or via the website, www.strichards.org.uk