A fixture of the Bristol music calendar will bow out in style on Sunday as The Fleece hosts the ninth and final Party for Pete fundraiser
Sarah Smither started the first Party for Pete gigs in 2012 to raise money for St Peter’s Hospice after the death of her husband James.
James was 33 when he died of an aggressive form of bowel cancer in March 2012, spending the last two weeks of his life at the hospice.
Since then Sarah has hosted eight different charity gigs at The Fleece, raising more than £15,000 for Bristol’s only adult hospice.
James and Sarah
“I’m forever grateful for their wonderful care and support,” says Sarah. “Several bands that have played for us in the past also have connections and stories related to St Peter’s Hospice so it’s been great to involve them too.”
“The gigs introduce the hospice to a new audience of people who may not think they will need a resource like that while they’re still young. The hospice is a local charity and everything they donate goes directly to helping local people.”
The ninth ‘Party for Pete’, on its fifth anniversary, will be the final gig in the series, and Sarah is hoping to go out with a bang.
“It’s a celebration of my favourite bands who have supported our past gigs, plus some cracking new local talent, and a special guest appearance from German glam rock band Night Laser!”
Grey Wolves Grin and their black and white dog are excited!
The full line-up is as eclectic as it is jam-packed, ranging from glam to indie via acoustic and rock and roll. Headlining the party are Clevedon rockers Kikamora, who describe themselves as “a thumping fusion of classic hard rock and blues.”
For those who can’t make it in person but would still like to support Sarah and St Peter’s Hospice please visit the Party for Pete JustGiving page. Alternatively, text ‘SPHG55 £5’ to 70070 to donate £5.
“We’d like to go out on a high,” says Sarah. “So dig deep and help us make this final gig our best yet!”