Hospice launches £1.5m appeal fund

November 24 2017

PEOPLE in Downend are being urged to support a fund to help St Peter's Hospice provide 21st century care.

PEOPLE in Downend are being urged to support a fund to help St Peter's Hospice provide 21st century care.

The charity has launched  its Room to Care appeal, which aims to rebuild its Inpatient Unit.

The redevelopment of the hospice at Brentry  is going to cost £6.53m and the hospice is asking residents to help raise the shortfall £1.53m  over the next 12 months.

The main change will be replacing the bedrooms, half of which are shared, with 15 individual ensuite rooms, providing patients and their families with the privacy and dignity they deserve during their final days. Over the next 20 years the redeveloped IPU is expected to support 6,250 patients and around 18,500 relatives and friends.

The 15 larger bedrooms will all have ensuite bathrooms, a sofa-bed, and access to their own garden terrace. This will address the need for a more homely environment, offering enhanced patient privacy and dignity, where visitors can stay overnight and where patients can welcome more visitors at any one time.

“Palliative care has evolved significantly since St Peter’s Hospice first opened,” said hospice CEO Simon Caraffi. “We are now presented with different challenges in serving more acute clinical needs. The new Inpatient Unit needs to respond to these challenges to make the stay more comfortable for patients, families and friends.”

All care is provided free of charge, costing the hospice around £20,000 a day. The complete redesign and rebuild of the IPU will include a significant ground floor extension, plus expansion of the first floor, at a total cost of £6.53m. The generosity of St Peter’s Hospice supporters, alongside careful planning, has already secured £4 million, with a further £1 million pledged from individuals, companies and institutions in and around Bristol. This leaves the hospice urgently needing to raise £1.53 million to complete the new Inpatient Unit.

Actress Caroline Quentin, who is to be the appeal patron,  launched Room to Care at an event where she was joined by nurses, patients, relatives and Mr Caraffi.

“Each time I visit St Peter’s Hospice I am struck by the passion and commitment of the staff and volunteers,” said Caroline. “I am also truly inspired by the patients and families they care for.

“The Room to Care Appeal will ensure St Peter’s Hospice will be able to provide local people with the very best palliative care, to the highest professional standards, within an environment of comfort and dignity for the next 20 years.”

The hospice relies on its loyal, local support from companies, groups, and many people who give small amounts which collectively help towards the £20,000 a day running costs. The additional funding requirements for the redevelopment mean that the hospice will be launching new fundraising initiatives and will need the support of the people of Bristol.

To make a donation to the Room to Care Appeal and help build a 21st Century Hospice for Bristol, visit roomtocare.co.uk, call: 01275 391400 go to one of the St Peter’s Hospice charity shops, including those in Downend and Staple Hill, or fill in the form on this page and send a cheque to the charity.