Date: April 2018


First fund raising event raises £336

Richmond Villages, which is constructing its eighth premium retirement village at Wood Norton near Evesham, has chosen the MS Society as its nominated charity for the year.

Laurence Trackman, Professor of Chocolate presenting at the first fund raising event for the MS Society to be hosted by Richmond Villages.
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Its first fund raising event was held recently at the Evesham Hotel called ‘Time for Tea & Chocolate’.  Featuring an illustrated talk by Laurence Trackman, Professor of Chocolate from the University of Happiness, he guided the audience through the world of chocolate tasting, and unwrapped the mysteries of the world’s favorite luxury confectionery.

The event was generously sponsored by many businesses in Evesham who donated prizes for a luxury prize draw which included:

  • A round of golf for two - The Vale Golf & Country Club at Bishampton
  • A Parker fountain pen - Margaret Johnson Stationery
  • Wood Norton Hall History - by John Hodges, the author
  • Afternoon tea for two - The Evesham Hotel
  • Afternoon tea for two - The Wood Norton Hotel

A beauty treatment and Temple Spa gift set - Richmond Witney Wellness spa

“We had an excellent attendance at the event including both future residents and new visitors to Richmond Wood Norton, local business people and those from the national gardening scheme at Gloucester,” said Wendy Middleton, community relations & events manager at the village.

MS Society area fundraiser Andy Jarrett said: "A big thank you to the team at Richmond Villages, everyone who attended and those who kindly donated raffle prizes.  It was a treat listening to the 'Professor of Chocolate' and to have raised a brilliant £336 to help stop MS is an excellent result for the approximately 1,000 people in Worcestershire who have a diagnosis of MS and those close to them.

“MS is an unpredictable condition which is different for everyone but is often painful and exhausting and can cause problems with how you walk, move, see, think and feel.  We are delighted that Richmond Villages will partner with the MS Society during 2018 and we look forward to seeing their impressive looking new village take shape."

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About Richmond Villages

One of the pioneers in bringing the retirement village concept to the UK, Richmond Villages has been designing, building and operating its own villages for almost 20 years.  The company already operates seven luxury retirement villages located in Cheshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire and Warwickshire.  Its new village at Aston-on-Trent, Derbyshire has recently opened, and its eighth village at Wood Norton in Worcestershire is now under construction.

Richmond Villages is one of the leaders in the retirement living sector and has an established reputation for the provision of quality service and care and won numerous awards.

For further information about Richmond Villages, please visit or telephone 0800 0987 094

About Bupa UK

Bupa Care Services: Bupa has some 130 care homes, as well as seven Richmond Villages with four new care homes and a new retirement village under construction.
The business also comprises: Bupa UK Insurance, the leading health insurer in the UK with 2.3 million customers; Bupa Dental UK, a major dental provider operating more than 430 practices; Bupa Health Services, health clinics and wellness centres; and Bupa Cromwell Hospital a complex care hospital in London.

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Issued by:                                          Jeremy Clarke/Tracey Bretherton
LawsonClarke PR
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Ref: RV10/2018