A national initiative to help raise the profile of hospice care across the UK is taking place on 6-12 October and Bristol’s only adult hospice has planned a programme of activities to join in with the event.
St Peter’s Hospice based in Brentry cares for more than 2,670 patients in the area every year, both at the hospice and within their own homes.
To celebrate Hospice Care Week the doors to the hospice will be open on Tuesday 07 October for a special open evening which will highlight the work the charity does within the region.
With talks from patients and staff, displays and complementary therapy taster sessions the evening aims to help change perceptions of hospice care and raise awareness of the support it provides. During the evening the St Peter’s Hospice choir, made up of nurses,
volunteers and supporters, will also perform their song Who Will Be There.
The week will also bring a visit from the Lord and Lady Mayoress of Bristol Alastair and Sarah Watson, who will meet staff and patients and take a tour of the hospice.
St Peter’s Hospice CEO Simon Caraffi said: “Hospice Care Week is so important to raise awareness of hospice care within individual communities. Although a national initiative, we are really keen to highlight the work we do in Bristol and surrounding areas, caring for those with life-limiting illnesses and supporting family members.
“During the week we’ll be hearing moving stories from some of our patients and their families, which will really bring home the importance of our work here.
“One aspect of our care we will be focussing on this week is our Neighbours Network scheme which involves people in the community volunteering to support someone close by who is living with an illness.
“Hospice Neighbours take on a range of roles including driving patients to hospital appointments, walking the dog, grocery shopping or even just stopping by for a cup of tea and a chat.
“Our Hospice Neighbours are vital to the full support service we provide to patients and their families and show that our care transfers much further beyond the doors of the hospice itself.
“I hope this week will open people’s eyes to the work we do here at the hospice.”
All St Peter’s Hospice services are provided free of charge but this care costs around £18,000 a day. For around £14,000 of that, the hospice relies on gifts in wills, kind donations and funds generated by the hospice shops.
For more information on St Peter’s Hospice visit www.stpetershospice.org.uk.