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drp Hosts Worcester Stands Tall Auction

We hosted the Worcester Stands Tall live auction at our Midlands HQ on Thursday 11th October 2018.

The auction, which was in aid of local charity, St. Richards Hospice, and their Build 2020 Appeal, welcomed a fantastic 250 guests. Taking hosting duties were West Midlands Free Radio’s Tom Newitt and Richard Hurst, alongside Bargain Hunt and Flog It auctioneer, Philip Serrell. Using all three studios, we created an entertaining spectacle where each of the giraffes were brought to life using lighting, music, projection and special effects.

We also purchased our mosaic designed giraffe, which was a representation of our three core values, trust, passion and belief. The giraffe will now sit in our Midlands HQ as a memorable piece of art for such a significant cause, supporting Worcester Stands Tall and St Richard’s Hospice in Worcestershire.

Throughout the 10-week summer campaign, the Worcester streets, parks and open spaces were brought to life with 57 uniquely designed giraffes, with the designs sponsored and created by local businesses. The art trail allowed explorers from far and wide to locate the giraffes in local hotspots and share their images via the hashtag #WorcsStandsTall. Worcester Stands Tall wanted to inspire creativity and captivate the community on their journey around the city.

Last night’s auction was incredible, and we are thrilled to have raised £210,400 for our hospice’s Build 2020 Appeal.

The ‘Build 2020’ project is a £5.3m expansion and redevelopment of the existing hospice building in Worcester. It will enable St Richard’s to support more families and patients in Worcestershire, offering the right care and support when they need it most. The auction raised a total of £210,400, over double the target that the hospice had hoped for, which will support their new expansion of larger spaces, therapy rooms, a spacious eating area and a specialist exercise studio for patients.

Dale Parmenter, drp CEO, commented, “We were delighted to have been the venue of choice to host such a credible cause for St Richard’s Hospice. Being a local business within Worcester, we wanted to ensure that the community came together to raise awareness and help support families and patients. A huge thank you to everyone involved, and we hope the giraffes enjoy their new homes”.

Tricia Cavell, Fundraising Director at St Richard’s Hospice, also commented: “Last night’s auction was incredible, and we are thrilled to have raised £210,400 for our hospice’s Build 2020 Appeal. The funds raised will make a huge difference to our project to expand and redevelop the hospice – ultimately allowing us to extend our care to more patients and families. To all of the buyers, artists, sponsors, partners, supporters, schools, community groups and public who helped make this project possible – we would like to say a sincere thank you for your immeasurable support. Together, we have truly stood tall for Worcester and beyond.”