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Joanna Lumley sparkles as host of hospice's Ruby Dinner

Posted on 29th June 2018 by St Peter's Hospice

Joanna Lumley with guests from joint event sponsor Spire Bristol Hospital @JonCraig_Photos

Actress Joanna Lumley hosted St Peters' Hospice 40th anniversary Ruby Dinner at Badminton School in Bristol on Thursday evening

The event, supported by Smith & Williamson and Spire Bristol Hospital, was in aid of the Room to Care Appeal, which is raising funds for the redevelopment of the hospice's Inpatient Unit.

Guests were treated to a champagne reception, three-course meal, and musical entertainment from Bristol Symphony Orchestra and Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. A live auction, hosted by Andrew Morgan MBE, followed dinner with guests bidding for prizes including a fishing trip with Marco Pierre White, VIP tickets to Twickenham and a two week stay in South Africa.

An online silent auction, with lots ranging from sporting memorabilia to amazing experience days and bespoke jewellery, ran throughout the week and during the evening. Lots snapped up included a week at an 18th century manoir in France, a Morgan car experience, a blue Sri Lankan sapphire and Premier League hospitality tickets.

Joanna was delighted to be involved, as the Absolutely Fabulous actress has personal experience of the amazing work hospices do.

"This was such a sensational night," said Joanna. "It's so important; we want everybody in Bristol to know that hospices are places of joy and hope and love and comfort."

"By supporting St Peter's Hospice tonight they are bringing that sense of peace and comfort at the end of someone's life."

Joanna with St Peter’s Hospice Chief Executive Simon Caraffi @JonCraig_Photos

The Room to Care Appeal is raising £2.53m to rebuild the St Peter's Hospice Inpatient Unit at Brentry, ensuring patients and families are provided the highest level of care in privacy, dignity and comfort.

Larger and private patient bedrooms, all with individual garden terraces and modern ensuite bathrooms, will enable the hospice to care for 6,250 patients over the next twenty years.

St Peter's Hospice Head of Fundraising Sarah Allen Gunn said: "The evening was a great success, raising more than £107,500 for the Room to Care Appeal! We can't thank Joanna enough for coming to Bristol and hosting such a wonderful event."

"We could not have held this very special 40th anniversary dinner without the support of two well-known Bristol organisations, Smith & Williamson and Spire Bristol Hospital.”

Joanna with James Eggles and Louise Thornhill of joint event sponsors Smith & Williamson @JonCraig_Photos

Louise Thornhill, from Smith & Williamson said: "St Peter's Hospice provides such vital services to Bristol and we are honoured to support their Room to Care Appeal. Tonight has been a fantastic occasion."

"The Ruby Dinner was the perfect way to celebrate the hospice's 40th anniversary," said Sabiha Waraich from Spire Bristol Hospital. "Fantastic entertainment, great company and most importantly a wonderful cause. We hope the money raised tonight will make a real difference at the new Inpatient Unit."

To find out more about the Room to Care Appeal or to make a donation visit roomtocare.co.uk.

Room to Care Appeal Online Auction

Posted on 21st June 2018 by St Peter's Hospice

Fancy a week away at an 18th century manoir in France, a Morgan car experience, a blue Sri Lankan sapphire or Premier League hospitality tickets?

Morgan car

To raise funds for our Room to Care Appeal, we’re holding an online auction with some extremely special and exclusive items up for grabs. All the items have been donated by supporters of the Hospice and are open now for your bids.

All you have to do is visit our auction website here – www.stpetershospicerubydinner.com – and browse the Silent Auction items to see what appeals to you!

The auction coincides with our 40th Anniversary Ruby Dinner, hosted by Joanna Lumley OBE on the night of Thursday 28th June when all bidding will close.

Proceeds from the auction will go towards our Room to Care Appeal to build Bristol a new hospice for the 21st century. Find out more at roomtocare.stpetershospice.org.uk

Nurse Jane walks on air for Room to Care

Posted on 10th May 2018 by St Peter's Hospice

St Peter’s Hospice Community Nurse Specialist Jane Tyson turned fundraising daredevil on Thursday as she competed a wing walk for the Room to Care Appeal

The flying feat involved Jane standing on top of a bi-plane with only a small perching seat and harness to keep her attached, while the plane completed all sorts of aerial stunts.

“Wing Walking has been on my bucket list since I saw Phillip Schofield do it in South Africa last year,” said Jane “And now I had a great reason to do it!”

The Room to Care Appeal is raising funds to rebuild the Inpatient Unit at the Hospice in Brentry.

“As a Community Nurse Specialist for St Peter’s Hospice I can see first-hand how necessary this work is,” said Jane. “I’m so proud to be fundraising to help see the completion of this important project.”

Jane has raised nearly £2000 for the appeal already – to make a donation please visit justgiving.com/fundraising/Jane-Tyson.

To learn more about the appeal visit roomtocare.co.uk.

Room to Care Appeal patron Caroline Quentin returns to hospice

Posted on 4th May 2018 by St Peter's Hospice

With the new Inpatient Unit taking shape at St Peter’s Hospice, Room to Care Appeal patron Carolin Quentin paid a visit to the site on Thursday

Caroline also spent time chatting with staff and Day Hospice patients on her visit. She said “The visit to the hospice today has to be my most exciting day of the year so far; including walking around one of the most incredible buildings I have ever been in.”

The Room to Care Appeal has so far raised more than a million pounds to help build a 21st-century hospice for Bristol, but a further £375,000 is still needed before the end of September to ensure the new IPU is completed and fully kitted out.

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

James Tudor Foundation pledge £80k for appeal in memory of former [...]

Posted on 13th March 2018 by St Peter's Hospice

Room to Care Appeal Coordinator Petra Littlefair met with trustees from the James Tudor Foundation on Tuesday

The Foundation are supporting the Room to Care Appeal by sponsoring a bedroom for £80,000 in memory of former chair of trustees Martin Wren, who was cared for by St Peter's Hospice before his death in 2016.

The Foundation also supports the hospice's Access Team with an annual £20,000 donation.

Petra gave an update on the appeal at the Foundation's AGM, held at the Merchants' Hall in Clifton. She is pictured with the board of trustees.

To find out more about the Room to Care Appeal, and how we are building a 21st-century hospice for Bristol, visit roomtocare.co.uk.