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Bittersweet symphony as orchestra ditch drink to raise hospice funds

Posted on 8th December 2017 by St Peter's Hospice

The Bristol Symphony Orchestra may sound even more pitch-perfect this January as all 70 players lose the booze in support of the St Peter's Hospice Room to Care Appeal

The Bristol Symphony Orchestra have committed to supporting the Room to Care Appeal by doing three fundraising events this winter, and are aiming to raise more than £5,000 for the appeal.

As well as taking part in the hospice's Lose the Booze campaign in January, the orchestra is putting on two orchestral concerts. The Romantic Masterworks concert was held in November 2017, and a big fundraiser concert is planned for 24 November 2018 at Clifton Cathedral.

The Lose the Booze campaign is an opportunity for a healthy start to the New Year while supporting Bristol's only adult Hospice at the same time. Participants can choose any date in January to start and go alcohol-free for 30 days. Either donate the amount that would have spent on alcohol or ask friends and family for sponsorship!

The orchestra's alcohol-free challenge will start on Friday 5 January and end on 5 February with an open rehearsal party. Friends and family will be invited to join the musicians for their first drink in 30 days to raise additional funds.

Founded in January 2016, Bristol Symphony Orchestra is a new and exciting young orchestra led by conductor William Goodchild, and works with a variety of established and emerging soloists and with non-classical artists from time to time.

Rachel Goodchild, Orchestra Spokesperson, said: "It is surprising how many orchestra members have family or friends that have used St Peter's Hospice. This is a fantastic local charity and we are hoping to raise as much as we can for them as well as encouraging other groups to sign up with the Lose the Booze campaign.

We are really looking forward to our concert next November, which should be around the time the new Inpatient Unit opens - a real cause for celebration!"

To make a donation to the Bristol Symphony Orchestra's Lose the Booze campaign, text 70070 with the code BRS099, or visit their JustGiving page here: justgiving.com/fundraising/bristolsymphonyorchestra.

If you're inspired to attempt a sober post-Christmas season, visit the Lose the Booze website at losethebooze.stpetershospice.org.uk.

Room to Care Appeal reaches halfway milestone

Posted on 1st December 2017 by St Peter's Hospice

The St Peter’s Hospice Room to Care Appeal is officially more than halfway to its overall fundraising target of £2.53m

The appeal has raised £1.358m so far – leaving £1.172m still urgently required.

At the launch of the public phase of the campaign on 5 October, the final amount needed was £1.53m in 12 months.

The hospice has raised £367,000 of this in just eight weeks – thank you to all our supporters for their incredible generosity, donations and fundraising efforts so far!

We still have more than one million pounds to find before until October 2018 to ensure we can provide a 21st century hospice for Bristol.

To learn more or to make a donation visit roomtocare.co.uk.

£2,300 raised by Bristol Pegasus Motor Club for #RoomToCare Appeal

Posted on 26th October 2017 by St Peter's Hospice

Bristol Pegasus Motor Club celebrated the success of their first charity car run at Castle Coombe at their annual Pegasus Spring last Saturday 21st October. The Club presented us with a cheque for nearly £2,300 raised from their Coastal Classic Car Run which was held in September.

Malcolm Collier, Dave Hensley and Matthew Johnson, members of the club (pictured) below, had spent an entire year planning the event. 80kms long beautiful costal route, enjoyed by nearly 50 classic cars, led from Oakham Treasures in Portbury to Portishead, Clevedon, Cheddar Gorge and back to Portbury.

Malcolm, Dave and Matthew from Bristol Pegasus Motor Club

Pegasus Motor Club is a motoring club based in Bristol that provides an excellent range of events for anyone interested in cars. They organise a full range of social events including car meetings, guest speakers, trips, track days and tours, alongside sporting events suitable for standard road cars. For more details please visit their website: bristolpegasus.com.

Our special thank you goes to Oakham Treasures for their great support of the event; donating £200 and catering for participants with cups of tea and delicious home baked cakes.

All of us here at St Peter's Hospice are absolutely delighted with such a great backing from the Club. We are already looking forward to next year's run which will also be raising money towards our #RoomTocare Appeal so we can rebuild our Inpatient Unit.

Watch this space!

ps Feel inspired? If you would like to do your own fundraising to support our #RoomToCare Appeal please email community@stpetershospice.org.

Severnside Support Group provides boost to hospice appeal

Posted on 10th October 2017 by St Peter's Hospice

Severnside Support Group presented St Peter's Hospice Room to Care Appeal Coordinator Petra Littlefair with a cheque for £2,000 at Thornbury Golf Club on Friday

The money was raised from various fundraising activities by the group, including £682.50 raised from their summer party and proceeds from their annual Golf Day, held on Friday 6 October.

The Severnside Support Group Golf Day has now been running for more than 20 years, in this time raising more than £20,000 for St Peter's Hospice, while the group has been active for more than 30 years.

"We are ever so grateful to the Severnside Support Group," said Petra. "The money they have raised and the support they have provided over the years has made a huge difference to St Peter's Hospice, and has helped ensure we can continue to provide outstanding care to patients and families throughout Bristol and beyond."

The £2,000 donated on Monday by the group will go directly to the hospice's Room to Care Appeal, which was launched by actress Caroline Quentin last Thursday.

The Appeal is to raise the funds needed to complete the redevelopment of the St Peter's Hospice Inpatient Unit.

The redesign and rebuild of the Inpatient Unit at the hospice's Brentry site is going to cost £6.53m, and the hospice needs to raise the final £1.53m of this over the next 12 months. The unit is temporarily relocating to a site in Keynsham during this time, while the build is completed.

The new Inpatient Unit will be an upgrade to 15 individual ensuite rooms, allowing the hospice to reach 95% bed occupancy. Over the next 20 years the redeveloped IPU is expected to support 6,250 patients and around 18,500 relatives and friends.

To make a donation to the Room to Care Appeal and help build a 21st Century Hospice for Bristol, visit roomtocare.co.uk.

Actress Caroline Quentin launches Room to Care Appeal

Posted on 5th October 2017 by St Peter's Hospice

St Peter's Hospice today launched its Room to Care Appeal to fund the multi-million pound redevelopment of its Inpatient Unit

Actress Caroline Quentin launched the appeal at the hospice in Brentry on Thursday morning in her role as Room to Care Appeal patron. She was joined by nurses, patients and relatives, alongside hospice CEO Simon Caraffi and Director of Patient Care Chris Benson.

"Each time I visit St Peter's Hospice I am struck by the passion and commitment of the staff and volunteers," said Caroline, who cut a ceremonial cake to officially launch the appeal. "I am also truly inspired by the patients and families they care for.”

"The Room to Care Appeal will ensure St Peter's Hospice will be able to provide local people with the very best palliative care, to the highest professional standards, within an environment of comfort and dignity for the next 20 years."

The complete redesign and rebuild of the Inpatient Unit is going to cost £6.53m and the hospice needs to raise £1.53m of this over the next 12 months.

The main change will be upgrading to 15 individual ensuite rooms, allowing the hospice to reach 95% bed occupancy. Over the next 20 years the redeveloped IPU is expected to support 6,250 patients and around 18,500 relatives and friends.

St Peter's Hospice needs your support. To make a donation to the Room to Care Appeal and help build a 21st Century Hospice for Bristol, visit roomtocare.co.uk.