21st century care for local people

February 23 2018

Building work on the Inpatient Unit at St Peter’s Hospice in Brentry is well under way and is progressing well. All the foundations are in, the timber is up, and rooms are beginning to take shape.

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Building work on the Inpatient Unit at St Peter’s Hospice in Brentry is well under way and is progressing well. All the foundations are in, the timber is up, and rooms are beginning to take shape. 

Work on the rebuild will cost just over £6.5 million and and is largely on plan to provide 15 enlarged, en-suite, single bedrooms, with space for a loved one to stay over and private garden terraces for all rooms. The Inpatient Unit provides short-term care for the terminally ill for over 2,200 local patients with life-limiting illnesses and is the only adult hospice to service Bristol and the surrounding area.

Some of the finance for the project is already in place but the remaining £1.5 million is being raised by donations from trusts and individuals. The John James Bristol Foundation Trust has donated £600,000 to the Hospice and another £300,000 has already been raised from individual donations or sponsored activities.

Sarah Allan Gunn, Head of Fundraising said: “We set a target of £1.5m target in October and now have £635,000 left to raise.

“The generosity of people has been amazing. One donor walked into the Westbury-on-Trym shop and donated £1,000 in cash. People have been putting on events and have raised £40,000 for us that way so far. We’ve had lovely support from the Bishopston Voice readers. Thank you.”

One such fundraiser is Caroline Mundy, a nurse who works at St Peter’s Education department, who is aiming to row 805km at Crossfit Avon on Merton Road on February 24. She will also be rowing a marathon outside of the St Peter’s Hospice shop on Gloucester Road in the morning of the 24th and is close to achieving her fundraising target of £3,000.

Regular services at the Hospice still need fundraising, in addition to the building work. The St Peter’s Ready, Steady, Bake is on in March when people from across the Bristol area are invited to bake for Hospice and hold a cake sale, tea party or coffee morning to raise funds. To take part email community@stpetershospice.org or call 01275 391 400.

Sarah Allan Gunn added: “We have finished the foundations and now need to cover the cost of fixtures and fittings. We are asking people whether they would consider donating to buy the specialised furniture we need - the beds, chairs or guest sofa beds?

“This is a once in a generation opportunity to get behind this project for everyone. If people want to be part of doing something incredible - by October - this is the year to do it.”