Award-winning garden designer and author Jane Fearnley-Whittingstall has paid a special visit to Thornbury to give a talk and raise money for St Peter’s Hospice.
The event, which was organised by the St Peter’s Hospice Severnside Support Group, saw Jane, mother of famous chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, talk to guests about gardening and her series of Good Granny advice books.
Guests also enjoyed an Afternoon Tea at Thornbury Methodist Church Hall and a cheque was presented to the hospice for £2000 by Severnside Support Group chair Kath Burgess.
St Peter’s Hospice community fundraiser, Louisa James, said: “We had a wonderful afternoon with Jane who told us many fascinating stories and gave some great gardening tips. It was a lovely event enjoyed by all.
“I’d like to say a huge thanks once again to the Severnside Support Group who organised another interesting event for the hospice. Last year we celebrated the group’s 30th anniversary and since then they have not slowed down their fundraising activities.
“This group has worked tirelessly over the past 31 years to support the hospice and raise over £300,000. Without the support of such groups we could not continue caring for those with life-limiting illnesses and their families.”
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.