Call the Midwife's Trixie and Tom are popular visitors at St Peter's Hospice

December 20 2016

Stars of the hit BBC television show, Call the Midwife, have paid a visit to St Peter’s Hospice to spread some Christmas cheer among the patients, volunteers and staff.

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Stars of the hit BBC television show, Call the Midwife, have paid a visit to St Peter’s Hospice to spread some Christmas cheer among the patients, volunteers and staff.

 Jack Ashton, who plays curate Tom Hereward, and Helen George, who plays Trixie Franklin in the show took a tour of the facilities including the day hospice, the in-patient unit, the education centre and the Garden Room, where art and music therapy takes place. 

Jack, who is originally from Bedminster, has supported St Peter’s Hospice in the past, by visiting patients, judging the Strictly Come Dancing fundraiser and even running the Bristol Half Marathon for the charity in 2014.

He said: “St Peter’s Hospice does amazing work and I’ve always been in awe of the support they provide to families.

“It was great to visit the hospice and meet some of the staff and patients. It was really touching to hear the stories and get a sense of life at the hospice. The atmosphere is upbeat and welcoming which was lovely to see.”

Johnny Flanagan, head of supporter relations at St Peter’s Hospice, said: “Patients, volunteers and staff at St Peter’s Hospice were thrilled to see Jack and Helen. They met patients in the day hospice and in-patient unit and talked to staff about their various roles. 

“Many of the patients watch Call the Midwife and Strictly Come Dancing is a favourite with patients and staff so Helen, who has appeared on the show, was a big hit!” 

As Bristol’s only adult hospice, St Peter’s Hospice cares for more than 2,670 patients each year as well as supporting family members.

All services are provided free of charge for patients and their families and this care costs around £19,000 a day. In order to continue providing vital care for the people of Bristol, St Peter’s Hospice relies on donations from fundraising and money generated by the 50 hospice charity shops in Bristol and surrounding districts.

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