TWO city-based charities are celebrating an early Christmas present, courtesy of Newsquest Media Group, owner of the Worcester News.

St Richard’s Hospice has been given £5,000 and Survivors Worcester a further £3,108 by the Gannett Foundation UK.

The hospice, at Wildwood Drive, will put its grant towards the refurbishment of a bistro or its in-patients.

Hospice trusts administrator Marilyn Peachey, said: “We are thrilled to receive this grant from the Gannett Foundation to redevelop the bistro on our in-patient unit.

“The bistro is very well used by families and carers visiting loved ones – and after 11 years of constant use is now looking tired.

“Thanks to this generous funding, we can redevelop the space into a modern and relaxing area where visitors can take time out to reflect – or simply make a drink or snack – helping to make the time spent here, which can be difficult, more comfortable.

“On behalf of everyone at St Richard’s, we would like to thank the foundation for its wonderful support.”

Survivors Worcester, based at the Trinity, will use its grant to support activities for people with mental health difficulties.

Chairman Kerry Aingel said: “We’re absolutely delighted. We are a friendly independent group who offer a safe environment where you can drop in to chat and relax with supportive people.

“This year we have visited the Black Country Museum, Witley Court, Weston Super Mare Sand Sculptures and Ludlow Castle.

“We currently have a very talented art therapist, Claire Hilton, who runs classes each Tuesday, which is a good way to integrate new members into the group. and, funding permitting, I intend this to be a permanent feature at Survivors.

“We also serve affordable drinks and nutritious hot and cold food, a variety of board games and a pool table “

Chairman of the Gannett Foundation trustees, Simon Westrop, said: “Amid all the political and economic turmoil, real life goes on of course. And it is a privilege for the trustees to be able to help where we can.”