Noel says Bristol hospice positively is positively wonderful

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Noel Edmonds meeting patient Maureen Williams
Noel Edmonds meeting patient Maureen Williams

Television personality Noel Edmonds has paid a special visit to Bristol’s only adult hospice, which has been chosen as one of the charities supported by Positively Bristol, a new internet radio station promoting all that is positive in the city of Bristol.

Noel spent time with patients, families, staff, nurses and volunteers at St Peter’s Hospice in Brentry to find out more about the charity it is supporting.

The internet station, is unique in that it features great music, blended with inspirational words whilst promoting businesses and charitable organisations in the Bristol area. Positively Bristol is news free, commercial free and totally free to listeners.

Speaking about his visit Noel said: “I have had the pleasure of seeing first-hand the amazing work of St Peter’s Hospice during my time in Bristol and my visit today was a great reminder of the wonderful care given to Bristolians by the nursing staff.

“Far from being a sorrowful place, the hospice is filled with positive stories and inspirational people, which is exactly the kind of thing we want Positively Bristol radio to focus on.

“I’m delighted to have seen where the vital funds raised by the charity and its supporters goes and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can achieve with the hospice through Positively Bristol.”

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 but this care costs around £18,630 a day. For around £14,000 of that, the hospice relies on gifts in wills, kind donations and funds generated by the hospice shops.

Head of supporter relations at St Peter’s Hospice, Johnny Flanagan said: “We’re delighted to have welcomed Noel back to the hospice; our patients and nurses thoroughly enjoyed meeting him and having their pictures taken.

“Positively Bristol is a really exciting new concept and we’re so grateful to be a part of it from the beginning. It will be fantastic to see where it goes and how the station can help spread the word of the hospice.

“Support and generosity from the public is essential for us to continue caring for our patients.”

St Peter’s Hospice staff nurse Caroline Taylor said: “What a lovely Christmas surprise for all our patients and nurses! Noel’s visit was very special and everyone was delighted to meet him.

“Christmas is a very hard time for our patients and their families so moments like this are priceless for putting a smile on people’s faces and spreading a little cheer. Thank you to Noel and his wife Liz for brightening our day!”

To find out more about St Peter’s Hospice please visit http://www.stpetershospice.org/

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