Patient Care

Zaidia takes the big chop to raise Hospice funds

St Peter’s Hospice supporter Zaidia has cut off five years’ worth of hair to raise money for patient and family care in Bristol

Zaidia’s mum was looked after by St Peter’s Hospice before her death from cancer in 2002, when Zaidia was just 11.

“I could see how fantastic the staff at the Hospice were,” says Zaidia. “This really made a difference to her and to me.”

“As a way of saying a big thank you to the Hospice, I have been growing and nourishing my hair for the last five years with the plan to chop it off to raise funds for St Peter’s.”

She set up a Just Giving page to get the ball rolling, and then contacted the St Peter’s  Hospice Fundraising Team, who provided  Zaidia with a branded t-shirt and offered some tips to help her make the most of her fundraising efforts.

Zaidia’s hair was more than 18 inches long before the big chop on Saturday 16 March.

She is aiming to raise more than £2,000 for the Hospice.

“I am over the moon to have already raised so much money for this wonderful cause,” said Zaidia.

“Any amount will be gratefully received; even if you are donating the cost of buying your morning coffee today, it will help St Peter’s Hospice care for people in the future.”

To donate to Zaidia’s Just Giving page, visit

Living with Illness through Art Therapy

“I’d never even picked up a brush before I came here. Richard was here at Day Hospice and he was so kind and gentle – he inspired me to have a go and try painting.

“I went home and practised and bought myself some watercolours and brushes. I brought in what I’d done and Richard spurred me on. I’m more analytical, more of a scientist, but Richard drew art out of me.

“When I’m painting, I’m totally focused – I’m thinking about the painting, not on how I’m feeling. It doesn’t matter what you create, it’s the process that matters. It’s the same with gardening or music – you’re using a different part of your brain.

“I have anxiety, but when I feel everything’s overwhelming, I get my paints out. A whole afternoon can go by, it’s almost like meditation. I now paint every day – I’m addicted! Richard has opened up a whole new avenue for me.”

Water colours

Lesley is a patient at our Day Hospice – she started painting here when she met Richard, our art therapy volunteer. Richard works with our patients by sitting alongside them. Patients watch initially and then start creating their own paintings. He guides them through the basic rules and then they find their own creativity.

Lesley and Richard

Art is one of the many activities and therapies available at our Day Hospice. Our aim is for our patients to have an increased sense of confidence and empowerment in living with their illness. Find out more about Day Hospice here

TV superstar Noel takes tour of new Inpatient Unit


TV presenter and St Peter’s Hospice supporter Noel Edmonds visited Brentry on Friday to see the Hospice’s new Inpatient Unit

Noel and his wife Liz met IPU and Day Services patients, family members, staff and volunteers on a tour of the new facilities.



Noel’s visit will feature on ITV West Country news at 6pm tonight, Friday 8 February.

Many thanks to Noel and Liz for their time. Patients and staff alike were thrilled to see them!


World Cancer Day

“I was diagnosed with cancer in September, and it swept my world from underneath my feet. I was looking for answers. Why me? Why this?”

“A community nurse suggested Day Service at St Peter’s Hospice to me. I came with an open mind and I haven’t looked back. It’s always a positive atmosphere here. Cancer and death aren’t forbidden subjects.”

Simon, Day Hospice Patient

“I’ve taken part in relaxation therapy and spiritual care, as well as arts and crafts, as much as my talent allows me to!”

“The Hospice has been fantastic – I’d have been at a loss without it.”

Simon, Day Service patient

Many of our patients have cancer, but we try to help all of them find quality of life. #WorldCancerDay

Weather update: Friday 1 February


Weather update for patient services and shops, Friday 1 February


Day Hospice is cancelled today; all patients affected were personally informed yesterday.


All other services are running as usual.


Staff have been excellent and all Inpatient Unit staff have turned up for work as expected. We have also had the help of an amazing volunteer driver with a 4×4 for people who live in difficult to reach places.


The St Peter’s Hospice Shops in Chipping Sodbury, Thornbury, Winterbourne and Pill have unfortunately been unable to open today. We apologise for any inconvenience to our customers and donors. We expect all of our high street shops to be open tomorrow, Saturday 2 February.


Many thanks to all our staff and volunteers for their efforts, and to all our supporters for their patience.


Volunteers celebrate 40 years helping hospice


St Peter’s Hospice volunteers celebrated 40 years supporting Bristol’s only adult hospice at a special event at City Hall on Wednesday

More than 330 volunteers attended the event, held during national Volunteers’ Week, to celebrate the hospice’s 40th anniversary and their contributions to providing care for the patients and families of Bristol.

Special guests included Emma Britton from BBC Radio Bristol and the new Lord Mayor, Cleo Lake.

“We enjoyed seeing so many familiar faces who have contributed to the life of the hospice in so many different ways,” said Russell Cowan, Head of Volunteer Resources. “Thank you to all volunteers past and present!”

If you would like to donate a few hours of your time to supporting patient care in Bristol, visit


Room to Care Appeal patron Caroline Quentin returns to hospice

With the new Inpatient Unit taking shape at St Peter’s Hospice, Room to Care Appeal patron Carolin Quentin paid a visit to the site on Thursday

Caroline also spent time chatting with staff and Day Hospice patients on her visit. She said “The visit to the hospice today has to be my most exciting day of the year so far; including walking around one of the most incredible buildings I have ever been in.”

The Room to Care Appeal has so far raised more than a million pounds to help build a 21st-century hospice for Bristol, but a further £375,000 is still needed before the end of September to ensure the new IPU is completed and fully kitted out.

To learn more or to make a donation visit


James Tudor Foundation pledge £80k for appeal in memory of former chair


Room to Care Appeal Coordinator Petra Littlefair met with trustees from the James Tudor Foundation on Tuesday

The Foundation are supporting the Room to Care Appeal by sponsoring a bedroom for £80,000 in memory of former chair of trustees Martin Wren, who was cared for by St Peter’s Hospice before his death in 2016.

The Foundation also supports the hospice’s Access Team with an annual £20,000 donation.

Petra gave an update on the appeal at the Foundation’s AGM, held at the Merchants’ Hall in Clifton. She is pictured with the board of trustees.

To find out more about the Room to Care Appeal, and how we are building a 21st-century hospice for Bristol, visit


Patient Paul receives Lord Mayor’s Medal for charity work


Inpatient Unit patient Paul Emsley was presented the Bristol Lord Mayor’s Medal by the Right Honourable Lesley Alexander on Thursday for his inspiring work supporting cancer patients and fundraising for various charities

Paul was presented the medal by the Lord Mayor herself at St Peter’s Hospice current Inpatient Unit in the Chocolate Quarter at Keynsham, with his wife Julie by his side.

From the Lord Mayor’s office:

Paul is ‘one of the good guys’. He always tries to support charities which have a personal meaning to him.

For many years he has been a supporter of the Anthony Nolan Trust, donating bone marrow in 2007 and running the London Marathon in 2008.

He is an active charity fundraiser raising money for the blind and partially sighted. Helping to rehab a friend who lost his sight in an accident, he then coordinated a range of fundraising activities and raised several thousand pounds for ‘Have Stick Will Travel’ becoming a trustee of the charity.

Following his marriage in 2008 guests were asked to donate money in lieu of gifts which was split between Antony Nolan and Ataxia UK.

Following his cancer diagnosis he and his family have been fundraising for Brain Tumour Research aiming to fund 15 days of research at a cost of £41,000.

There will also be donations to St Peters Hospice and Brain Tumour Support who have helped so much in recent months.

Paul has been heavily involved in setting up the award winning ‘ENERGISE’ programme which provides exercise-based cancer rehab and has grown through the Bristol area.

His nomination form for the Lord Mayor’s Medal is filled with testimonials from those that his endless optimism and energy for life has touched.

The medal recognises that Paul places the needs of others before himself. Congratulations!


Weather update: clinical services


The current and forecast weather conditions will affect provision of St Peter’s Hospice clinical services as follows

  • Day Hospice is shut today (Thursday 1 March) and will remain closed on Friday 2 March.
  • Hospice at Home and Community Nurse Specialist services are and will remain weather-dependent. If you or a relative are unsure if a visit or appointment are going ahead please call our Advice Line on 0117 915 9430
  • The Advice Line will stay open 24/7 as normal
  • Our Inpatient Unit at Keynsham will run as normal throughout

We apologise for any inconvenience or distress caused, but the safety of our staff, volunteers and patients is always our foremost concern and we do not wish to place anyone at unnecessary risk.

We will update our website and social media with any further changes.


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