A novel way to support Bristol’s hospice

March 24 2017

Local charity St Peter’s Hospice celebrated World Book Day with a very special visit when author Nathan Filer visited the hospice to meet patients, staff and volunteers.

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Local charity St Peter’s Hospice celebrated World Book Day with a very special visit when author Nathan Filer visited the hospice to meet patients, staff and volunteers. 

A local man, Nathan lives in Bristol and lectures in Creative Writing at Bath Spa University. His visit to St Peter’s Hospice was especially poignant as his grandfather was cared for by the charity in 2002.

 While visiting the hospice Nathan encouraged people to take advantage of the charity’s special Book Month campaign, which sees paperback books being sold for just 49p and hardback books for 99p at all St Peter’s Hospice charity shops across Bristol for the whole of March. 

He said: “St Peter’s Hospice has personal significance for me. My granddad was cared for here and my family were so grateful for the support he was given, and also the respite offered to my nan. 

“It was very moving to return to the hospice and to be reminded of the wonderful, important work that is done here. I want to encourage the good people of Bristol to buy a book from their local St Peter’s Hospice charity shop today, to support World Book Day and this important charity.” 

Nathan, published The Shock of the Fall in 2013 to wide critical acclaim. It won The Costa Book of the Year, The Betty Trask Prize, The National Book Award for Popular Fiction and The Writers’ Guild Award for Best First Novel. It is a Sunday Times Bestseller and has been translated into thirty languages. The English language editions alone have sold over half a million copies.

 John Flanagan head of supporter relations at St Peter’s Hospice said: “It was great to welcome such an esteemed author to St Peter’s Hospice, especially on World Book Day! The patients and staff loved meeting Nathan; visits like this are so important for raising morale and brightening up a day. 

“Books generate a wonderful income for the hospice and offer a way for supporters to help simply by having a clear out of their book shelves or by popping into a shop and picking up a bargain read. 

“We sell more than 300,000 books every year in our stores and this support from customers means we can continue caring for patients and families who really need our help.” 

To find out more about St Peter’s Hospice visit www.stpetershospice.org