Actress Joanna Lumley hosted St Peters’ Hospice 40th anniversary Ruby Dinner at Badminton School in Bristol on Thursday evening
The event, supported by Smith & Williamson and Spire Bristol Hospital, was in aid of the Room to Care Appeal, which is raising funds for the redevelopment of the hospice’s Inpatient Unit.
Guests were treated to a champagne reception, three-course meal, and musical entertainment from Bristol Symphony Orchestra and Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. A live auction, hosted by Andrew Morgan MBE, followed dinner with guests bidding for prizes including a fishing trip with Marco Pierre White, VIP tickets to Twickenham and a two week stay in South Africa.
An online silent auction, with lots ranging from sporting memorabilia to amazing experience days and bespoke jewellery, ran throughout the week and during the evening. Lots snapped up included a week at an 18th century manoir in France, a Morgan car experience, a blue Sri Lankan sapphire and Premier League hospitality tickets.
Joanna was delighted to be involved, as the Absolutely Fabulous actress has personal experience of the amazing work hospices do.
“This was such a sensational night,” said Joanna. “It’s so important; we want everybody in Bristol to know that hospices are places of joy and hope and love and comfort.”
“By supporting St Peter’s Hospice tonight they are bringing that sense of peace and comfort at the end of someone’s life.”
The Room to Care Appeal is raising £2.53m to rebuild the St Peter’s Hospice Inpatient Unit at Brentry, ensuring patients and families are provided the highest level of care in privacy, dignity and comfort.
Larger and private patient bedrooms, all with individual garden terraces and modern ensuite bathrooms, will enable the hospice to care for 6,250 patients over the next twenty years.
St Peter’s Hospice Head of Fundraising Sarah Allen Gunn said: “The evening was a great success, raising more than £107,500 for the Room to Care Appeal! We can’t thank Joanna enough for coming to Bristol and hosting such a wonderful event.”
“We could not have held this very special 40th anniversary dinner without the support of two well-known Bristol organisations, Smith & Williamson and Spire Bristol Hospital.”
Louise Thornhill, from Smith & Williamson said: “St Peter’s Hospice provides such vital services to Bristol and we are honoured to support their Room to Care Appeal. Tonight has been a fantastic occasion.”
“The Ruby Dinner was the perfect way to celebrate the hospice’s 40th anniversary,” said Sabiha Waraich from Spire Bristol Hospital. “Fantastic entertainment, great company and most importantly a wonderful cause. We hope the money raised tonight will make a real difference at the new Inpatient Unit.”
To find out more about the Room to Care Appeal or to make a donation visit roomtocare.co.uk.