Charities

St Richards Hospice

Philip is a patron of St Richard’s Hospice, Worcester. St Richard’s 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.

For more information please visit www.strichards.org.uk

Greyhound Compassion

Philip is also a patron for Greyhound Compassion.  Approximately 25,000 greyhounds are registered annually in the greyhound racing industries in Ireland and the UK, the majority are bred in Ireland.  This does not include those puppies who do not make the grade.  The greyhound racing industry and independent rescues are thought to rehome about 8,000 ex-racing greyhounds per annum in the UK.  This leaves many ex-racing greyhounds looking for loving homes every year.

The Greyhound Compassion contributes funding to small and independent greyhound shelters in this country and Ireland. Greyhounds make superb family pets.  They are grateful to become your companion and in return are gentle, lazy and affectionate. 

The charity supports a shelter in Spain where up to 500 galgos (Spanish greyhounds) are housed, cared for and eventually shipped to suitable homes in mainland Europe and the USA.

For more information please visit http://www.greyhoundcompassion.com