Caroline hails progress on hospice revamp
Caroline Quentin visited St Peter’s Hospice at the start of May to celebrate the Room to Care Appeal passing the £1 million mark.
The actress is the appeal patron of the adult hospice which serves Bristol and is based on the outskirts of Westbury-on-Trym.
The new £6.53 million inpatient unit at St Peter’s is starting to take shape, helped by generous funding from people from Bishopston and Redland and across Bristol who have supported the scheme through a variety of fundraising activities.
Caroline Quentin, recently seen on screen hosting The World’s Most Extraordinary Homes, said: “I’ve picked up a few tips from visiting the properties and learnt to look at buildings and architecture in a different way.
“I can see how the architects here have given equal importance to the function and the spirituality of the hospice building. No detail has been spared in the finish, from the wood used to clad the building to the inclusion of natural light in the bathrooms.
“I’m proud that I’ve been involved from the very first day. The people of Bristol have raised the challenge of funding this project. I can see that the Room to Care Appeal is coming to fruition.”
The hospice is designed to the highest standard, with a vaulted ceiling which gives it a Cathedral-like quality. Full of light and space, the building has 100 per cent natural ventilation and underfloor heating. Much thought has been given to the acoustics and maintenance to cause the least disturbance to patients.
Each en suite bedroom has good views, with floor to ceiling windows and doors leading out onto a private terrace area and landscaped garden. The unit is due to be completed this Autumn.
Project manager Gareth Hann showed Caroline Quentin around the building which is almost ready for flooring and decoration. He said: “The building is now watertight and the first phase of the inpatient unit is around 75 per cent finished.
“There is a real sense of purpose for everyone working here. We all want to get it right.”
To reach its appeal target the hospice needs to raise a further £375,000. To donate see www.roomtocare.stpetershospice.org.uk/donate