Hospice patients and staff in Bristol had a very special visitor this week in the form of TV celebrity and star of Emmerdale Fiona Wade, who visited St Peter’s Hospice and took a tour of the grounds.
Fiona, who has supported the hospice for the past couple of years, met with patients, staff and volunteers at Bristol’s only adult hospice.
Best known for playing heartbreaker Priya Sharma on ITV’S Emmerdale, Fiona has been passionate about raising awareness of hospice care in the UK.
Sadly, one of Fiona’s family members recently passed away at St Peter’s Hospice.
Speaking about her visit Fiona said: “Visiting St Peter’s Hospice is very close to my heart, as my father passed away from oesophageal cancer very suddenly and one of my family members was recently cared for by the hospice. I understand how important places like St Peter’s Hospice are to give comfort, respite and a nice environment to those who are poorly and in their last stages of their life.
“I feel passionately about hospice care and think more people should be aware of the amazing and vital work hospices like St Peter’s are doing every single day, up and down the country. Many don’t realise that hospices are mainly funded through local fundraising and rely on public support to continue.
“I first visited the hospice in 2013 and have visited every year since. I couldn’t wait to come back this time and meet more of the inspirational patients and nurses working here. I’m pleased to be an advocate for the work they do.”
Fiona has been working on Emmerdale since 2011 having previously made appearances on Holby City, Doctors, Where the Heart Is and Waterloo Road.
Head of supporter relations at St Peter’s Hospice, John Flanagan said: “It was wonderful to have Fiona visit us in Bristol again this year. As always visits like this really brighten the patients’ day and everyone thoroughly enjoyed meeting and chatting to her.”
As Bristol’s only adult hospice, St Peter’s Hospice cares for more than 2,000 patients each year as well as supporting family members.
All services are provided free of charge but this care costs around £19,000 a day. For around £14,000 of that, the hospice relies on gifts in wills, kind donations and funds generated by the hospice shops.