John Lavery, Managing Director of Steatite limited has chosen to combine the excitement and exhilaration of jumping out of a plane with raising money for Worcestershire care providers St Richard’s Hospice. John and other staff from Steatite Limited embark on this charity sky dive on 1st June 2013.
St Richard’s Hospice provides free specialist palliative care for patients living with cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Each year the hospice team supports over 2,300 patients and family members in Worcestershire. The Hospice hopes to raise £6.1m this year, to enable them to continue their valuable work. St Richard’s is an independent hospice that relies mainly on voluntary income to enable them to continue to provide their services. They need to raise almost 70% of their annual costs to run the hospice from voluntary donations. The remainder is contributed by the NHS.
The hospice first started in the home of Dr Jenny Bulman before moving to Castle Street in Worcester. Home Care services started in 1984, followed by Day Hospice and the beginnings of an educational programme in 1988. As the organisation grew, so did the need for larger premises and the hospice moved to Rose Hill house in Worcester which was officially opened by Her Royal Highness the Princess of Wales in May 1992.
In 2004 as hospice services continued to grow to meet demand, a £5.25m appeal was made to build a new centre with the first urgently needed specialist palliative care In-patient Unit for South Worcestershire. In 2006 the new St Richard’s Hospice opened in Wildwood Drive, Worcester.
John Lavery commented; “Giving to charity is one of the most selfless things you can do. You’re giving away your hard-earned money and expecting nothing in return, save the personal satisfaction of making the world just a little bit better place. I will be joined by two young members of the Steatite team Jonathan (JJ) and Adam (Razor) on this venture, hoping they can calm my nerves.”
St Richard’s serves Worcestershire including Worcester, Malvern, Droitwich, Pershore, Upton-upon-Severn, Broadway, Evesham and the surrounding areas.
Jonathan J Lavery, Technical Sales Engineer at Steatite commented; “Most people say we’re crazy. Some say we have a death wish. Psychologists say people with an inclination to take high risks are a necessary part of the continuation of our species…St Richards Hospice does a lot of work with families dealing with terminal illness and helping patients through the illness. We believe this to be a worthy charity.”
Please visit their JustGiving™ page to donate to the St. Richard’s Hospice Foundation at https://www.justgiving.com/JJ-Lavery