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Ready, Steady, Bake! launches at Icon offices

Posted on 20th February 2018 by St Peter's Hospice

The St Peter’s Hospice Ready, Steady, Bake! campaign was launched in spectacular style at the offices of Icon Films on Tuesday morning

The production company’s kitchen tables were laden with all sorts of baked goods, to suit every taste and dietary requirement, with pots of tea and coffee to wash down the savoury and mostly sweet treats.

Taking place throughout March, Ready, Steady, Bake! will see supporters across Bristol take to their kitchens and host tea parties, cake sales and coffee mornings to raise money for St Peter's Hospice.

Icon Films are backing Bristol's only adult hospice and its Room to Care Appeal as their former Operations Manager, Tam Huggett-Haines, spent her final days being cared for by the hospice in January 2017.

“The St Peter's Hospice Room to Care appeal is a cause that is incredibly close to Icon Films' staff members' hearts,” said Rebecca McEwan, Business Affairs and Commerical Manager.

“We want to make sure that all members of staff at Icon Films have an opportunity to contribute to the appeal and Ready, Steady, Bake is a fun and accessible way for everyone to get involved, be it by getting creative in the kitchen or simply turning up on the day to gorge on the variety of baked treats.”

The 2017 Ready, Steady, Bake! campaign raised an incredible £10,000 for St Peter's Hospice, with more than 100 events held across Bristol, and fundraisers hope to top that this year.

The money is needed more than ever in 2018 as the hospice aims to complete the funding of its redeveloped Inpatient Unit through the Room to Care Appeal.

All 51 St Peter's Hospice shops will be taking part with their own cake sales meaning customers can pick up a sweet treat while they shop for pre-loved fashion, books and toys - maybe even their own bakeware!

St Peter's Hospice community fundraiser, Lisa Kimpton, said: "What better way to get everyone smiling at school, work or home than with a cake sale or tea party?"

"Whatever you bake or buy, whether you use your best vintage china or paper plates, all the money raised will help local families living with complex life-limiting illness.

"The people of Bristol really got behind us in 2017, and we're hoping for an even bigger bake this year!

"If you can't hold a party yourself, keep an eye out for cake sales taking place at your local shop."

If you’re inspired to host your own bake sale at school, work or home, visit stpetershospice.org.uk/readysteadybake for more information and fundraising materials.

Icon Films auction raises £6250 for Room to Care Appeal

Posted on 9th February 2018 by St Peter's Hospice

Icon Film’s Charity Auction in aid of St Peter’s Hospice was a huge success as guests dug deep to splash out for the Room to Care Appeal

In December 2017 the Bristol-based production company pledged to raise £10k for the appeal by October and their first big event on Wednesday 7 February brought in an incredible £6,250.

Ninety people headed to Bristol Harbour's Watershed for the event; they were greeted with a prosecco reception before Icon's Tom Cooper opened the bidding on a fantastic selection of items kindly donated by a huge range of businesses and organisations.

The amazing lots included a weekend holiday in Devon for up to six people, a seven-night stay in a Granada villa, tickets to Michael McIntyre and a gin experience at the Psychopomp micro-distillery.

More than 1,600 raffle tickets were sold for the evening's closing event, with prizes including a £100 Papadeli's voucher, a bottle of champagne to enjoy at Box-E on Wapping Wharf and a £50 voucher for Experience Days.

Icon Films are supporting St Peter's Hospice in 2017/18 by raising funds for the Room to Care Appeal.

The company’s former Operations Manager Tam Huggett-Haines, spent her final days being cared for at the Hospice in January 2017. Icon produced a film for the appeal in November, featuring Tam’s husband Dan.

Comedian Stephen Merchant backs Room to Care Appeal on visit to [...]

Posted on 26th January 2018 by St Peter's Hospice

Actor, comedian and writer Stephen Merchant visited St Peter’s Hospice on Thursday 25 January

Stephen spent time with patients and nurses in the Day Hospice, before touring the construction site where the Inpatient Unit is being redeveloped to provide 15 private ensuite rooms.

Stephen, who grew up in Hanham, is spending a few days in his home city on a visit from LA where he now lives and works, having starred alongside Hugh Jackson in the 2017 X-Men film Logan.

His grandmother was cared for by St Peter's Hospice when it was based at Knowle, and Stephen was joined by his parents Ron and Elaine on his visit to Brentry. He met staff and patients and gave his backing to the hospice's Room to Care Appeal to help fund the IPU redevelopment.

"Ever since my grandmother was cared for by St Peter's Hospice 22 years ago, I've felt a real connection to everything they do," said Stephen.

"I'm really pleased to be able to visit, help out the appeal and keep people aware of what the hospice is trying to achieve."

"Please help us build a 21st century hospice for Bristol."

To find out more about the Room to Care Appeal visit roomtocare.co.uk.

Stephen Merchant visits the Hospice

Yesterday, Bristol comedy legend Stephen Merchant was kind enough to visit the Hospice to see how our new Inpatient Unit build is coming along.We cared for his Grandmother over twenty years ago, so Stephen was particularly interested to see how our new building will allow us to provide better care for more people in the local area.To find out more about how we're building a 21st Century Hospice for Bristol through our Room to Care Appeal, visit: roomtocare.co.uk

Posted by St Peter's Hospice on Friday, 26 January 2018

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.