Hospice revamp starts to take shape

February 27 2018
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Work on the new Inpatient Unit at St Peter’s Hospice in Westbury-on-Trym is well under way and on target for use by patients later this year.

All the foundations are in, the timber is up, and a tour around the site revealed that rooms are beginning to take shape.

The Room to Care Appeal was launched by actress and patron Caroline Quentin in October 2017 to raise £6.5 million pounds to build a 21st-century hospice for Bristol. 

Work is largely on plan to provide 15 enlarged, en-suite, single bedrooms with a sofa bed for visitors and access to a private garden terrace for each patient. This will address the need for a more homely environment, offering enhanced patient privacy and dignity, where visitors can stay overnight and patients can welcome more visitors at any one time.

Over the next 20 years the redeveloped Inpatient Unit is expected to support 6,250 patients with life-limiting illnesses and around 18,500 relatives and friends. It 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. And, we’ve had lovely support from the Henleaze and Westbury Voice readers. Thank you all for your donations.

“We’ve 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 that 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.”

To make a donation to the Room to Care Appeal and to help build a 21st Century Hospice for Bristol, visit roomtocare.co.uk, call: 01275 391400 or go to one of the St Peter’s Hospice charity shops.