Hundreds celebrate 35 years of amazing care at St Peter's Hospice
By sophia1980 | Wednesday, June 12, 2013, 15:17
Hundreds of people visited the Colston Hall this weekend to celebrate an amazing 35 years of care at St Peter's Hospice.
Guests included Emmerdale actress Fiona Wade, who lent her support to the charity, as well as past and present nurses, staff and supporters who heard plans for the future of Bristol's beloved hospice.
Musical entertainment came from the Community Gospel Choir, the St Peter's Hospice Choir, solo artist Myrander Coleman and bands Menage a Trois and Crisis.
St Peter's Hospice CEO Simon Caraffi said: "As Bristol's only adult hospice, many in the city have been affected in some way by the work that we do. We find that most people have some sort of connection to the hospice so it was great to see so many people turn out for our celebration.
"The event was our way of thanking our loyal supporters over the past 35 years. Some have been there from the very beginning and supported us through some very tough times so we wanted to show our gratitude.
"We also wanted to invite those who have an interest in the charity and would like to find out more about what we do and what we have planned for the future. This is a huge year for us, with some very exciting things coming up, so it was great to celebrate our achievements with friends old and new."
The event highlighted the work of the nurses, doctors, aromatherapists and other support staff at the hospice. Guests were given the opportunity to learn first-hand how patients are cared for and how hospice staff make final weeks as peaceful and pain-free as possible.
Also shown at the event was a short film made by Bristol woman Sarah Smither, whose husband James (33) was cared for at the hospice in the final days of his life. Sarah told how a very difficult time was made easier by the nurses and carers who looked after both James and the family in their time of need.
St Peter's Hospice cares for more than 2,670 patients each year as well as supporting family members. It costs £6.8 million to run the hospice with 77% of that coming from the generosity of public support.
Simon continued: "Seeing how much love and support there is out there for the hospice has made us even more determined to continue our work caring for the people of Bristol. Events like this show how much impact we have on people's lives so here's to another 35 years of amazing care."
For more information about St Peter's Hospice visit www.stpetershospice.org