How You Helped
Thank you to you all
Thank you to each and every one of you who has raised funds to build our new Inpatient Unit. We are so grateful to the generosity of the individuals, groups and companies who have chosen to support us in the last year. Whatever sum you raised, every penny has made a difference to the quality of patient care we can now provide to the people of Bristol and surrounding areas. Thank you too to the celebrities who gave up their time freely to give a voice to our appeal. For a full list of all the companies and trusts that have supported the appeal, please visit our thank you page here
Here are just a few of the many highlights of how the Bristol community came together to support the Appeal...
Caroline Quentin launches the appeal, October 2017
Actress Caroline Quentin launched the appeal at the Hospice in Brentry in October 2017 in her role as Room to Care Appeal patron. She was joined by nurses, patients and relatives, alongside CEO Simon Caraffi and Director of Patient Care Chris Benson.
“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,” said Caroline.
The Bristol Post & North Somerset Times
The Bristol Post and North Somerset Times kept our Room to Care Appeal alive in the hearts and minds of the people of Bristol and surrounding areas over the past year. The Bristol Post ran a story on the Hospice every week and raised a total of £19,300 through donations.
Mike and Terry Checkley’s Christmas Lights Display, December 2017
Bradley Stoke couple, Terry James and Mike Checkley transformed their home into a Christmas wonderland to raise money the Appeal, raising £3,000.
Terry said, "People come from across Bristol and South Gloucestershire to see the display and last year we also had people from Devon, Somerset and the midlands visiting. The oldest visitor was a very proud 97-year-old grandmother!"
Orchestra ditch drink to raise funds, January 2018
All 70 players of the Bristol Symphony Orchestra took part in our Lose the Booze campaign in January support of the Appeal.
Rachel Goodchild, Orchestra Spokesperson, said: “It’s 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.”
The Orchestra have raised a total of £1,500 for the Appeal so far.
Stephen Merchant backs the Appeal, January 2018
Stephen, who grew up in Hanham, visited the Hospice and spent time with nurses and patients. His grandmother was cared for by the Hospice, and Stephen was joined by his parents Ron and Elaine on his visit.
"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.”
Appeal patron Caroline Quentin returns to Hospice, May 2018
Appeal patron Caroline Quentin paid a visit to the site in May. She 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."
Joanna Lumley sparkles as host of our Ruby Dinner, June 2018
Actress Joanna Lumley hosted our 40th anniversary Ruby Dinner in June. The event, supported by Smith & Williamson and Spire Bristol Hospital, raised more than £107,500 for Appeal.
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.”
Flying high at Bristol Balloon Fiesta, August 2018
We were delighted to be chosen as the official charity partner for the Bristol International Balloon Fiesta in August. 2018 marks 40 years of both St Peter’s Hospice and the Balloon Fiesta, so it was a double celebration of two great Bristol institutions.
The Fiesta saw our very own balloon, kindly sponsored by Western Power Distribution and supported by Bailey Balloons, take to the skies above Bristol. We spent a long weekend fundraising and appreciating the generosity of the people of Bristol and raised a total of £11,000.
Midsummer Merriment in the Chew Valley, June 2018
A summer ball by the Chew Valley Fundraising Group raised £8,000 for the Hospice in June.
Guests at the Midsummer Merriment Ball were delighted at Bishop Sutton Hall’s transformation into a twinkling ballroom with splendid table vases of greenery, butterflies and lights, expressing the theme of ‘woodland wonder’.
A fantastic auction and raffle were hosted by GP, comedian and BBC broadcaster Dr Phil Hammond, boosting the fundraising total and making the evening one to remember.
Charity Ball Fundraising Finale, September 2018
Hospice supporter Claire Filmer fundraised for our Appeal this year and rounded it off with a fabulous finale in the shape of a Charity Ball in September.
Claire’s Mum passed away in the Hospice three years ago. She spent her final 11 days there, with Claire and her sister spending many hours sitting by her bedside, mostly in a shared room. Claire tells us, “She needed to be by the nurses’ station so they could keep an eye on her – she always was trouble! Sharing a room was not the easiest, for either the patients or the families. This also meant there was not room for us to stay, which meant that despite being there for so many hours, we were not with her in her final moments, something that I will carry heavily in my heart forever.”
We're delighted that Claire raise £11,000 for the Appeal this year.
Pegasus Motor Club Road Rally, September 2018
In September, 60 classic cars took part in the second car run in aid of the Hospice. Organised by Bristol Pegasus Motor Club Pegasus Classic Car Run at Thornbury Castle, the event raised £2,600 for the Appeal.
Bristol Bach Choir, October 2018
Bristol Bach Choir treated us to a very special choral celebration in October. Featuring works by Parry, Handel, Fauré, Rachmaninov and more, this special concert raised £1,000 in aid of the Hospice. The Choir have been supporting the Hospice for over 18 years with an annual concert for many years. This year, they decided to put on an extra concert just for our Room to Care Appeal.
A big thank you to all our shops staff, volunteers and customers who have gone that extra mile over the last year to help raise additional funds for Room to Care.
Last, but not least, a total of £37,365 has been raised through the shops; from individual customer donations, shop fundraising events, and shop staff challenges.
Area Manager, Lou Merchant-Locke, very well known for wearing a different pair of high heels every day, took on a very personal challenge of wearing a different pair of Crocs every day for a month. Her feet bled on the first day, and she couldn't match her outfits to the Crocs, causing her great distress. Thankfully she stuck with it and raised a whopping £1,745.25.
Meanwhile, many shops got involved with our Ready Steady Bake campaign, rolling up their sleeves and baking into the night to hold their own bake sales. Many volunteers rose to the challenge and supplied countless cakes, muffins and loaves for the cause.
A team of staff and volunteers in our Henleaze shop took on the challenge of walking 5 million steps in the month of June. They put their best foot forward and raised £1,330 for the appeal. Well done!