Bake Off star rolls up sleeves for St Peter’s Hospice ahead of Ready, Steady, Bake

Briony Williams with Marcus

Great British Bake Off 2018 semi-finalist Briony May Williams visited St Peter’s Hospice on Thursday ahead of the charity’s 2019 Ready, Steady, Bake fundraising campaign

Briony brought a delicious cake for hospice patients and staff to enjoy and took time to visit patients and their families.

During March, the Hospice and Briony will be encouraging as many people as possible across the Bristol area to don their aprons and hold cake sales and tea parties for Ready, Steady, Bake to help raise vital funds for St Peter’s Hospice.

Briony said: “I’m really looking forward to Ready, Steady, Bake. It’s nearly time for the people of Bristol to roll up their sleeves and get baking!

Briony Williams

“Sign up to Ready, Steady, Bake today to be in with a chance to win a baking masterclass with me. Your support will help raise money to keep providing vital care for patients and their families in Bristol.”

Briony, who lives in Bristol with her family, enjoyed huge success on The Great British Bake Off last year and has since visited the Hospice twice to show her support for the Bristol charity.

Briony said: “It has been incredible visiting the Hospice today. It’s an amazing building, but more so the people in it are incredible. So warm, so kind, and providing an invaluable service to people in and around Bristol. I’m absolutely thrilled to be supporting the Hospice.”

Bakers can visit or call 01275 391 400 to register their bake sale, coffee morning or tea party and receive a handy baking pack – which includes Briony’s delicious chocolate orange cake recipe!

St Peter’s Hospice Community Fundraiser Maddy Alton said: “We are thrilled to have Briony’s support for Ready, Steady, Bake this year. Everyone at the Hospice loved meeting her and thoroughly enjoyed her cake!

“We’re so excited to get all of Bristol baking and raising funds for Bristol’s only adult hospice.”

Win free team entry for the 2018 Portishead Soapbox Race!


Fancy taking part in one of the wackiest and most fun races in the South West this summer? We have a FREE charity place up for grabs!

St Peter’s Hospice is proud to be the partner charity of the 2018 Portishead Soapbox Race on Sunday 15 July 2018.

This year, as we celebrate our Hospice’s 40th anniversary, we are also working hard to bring in the final £400k needed to rebuild our Inpatient Unit. To achieve this, we are thrilled to be involved with a number of exciting events this summer including Portishead Soapbox Race. Team places for this exciting event sold out in a matter of weeks, but we have one team place left that we’re auctioning off to the highest bidder!

So, if you were disappointed with not being able to secure a team place for the race, you’re not out of luck yet! Just send an email to by Tuesday 24 April with the amount of sponsorship your team is willing to commit to raising for your local hospice. The team offering the greatest commitment will get our FREE charity team place!

Ts&Cs apply: Your bid must be received by 5pm, Tuesday 24 April. If your bid is chosen, your team must consist of two to six adult team members and your team must set up a Just Giving fundraising page with the fundraising target you declared in your winning bid email for St Peter’s Hospice. See our campaign page here. Your team must also agree to participate in publicity for the event and St Peter’s Hospice.


Rowing for Room to Care brings in thousands for hospice appeal


An intrepid team of eight rowers from Crossfit Avon completed a brace of incredible physical feats in aid of the St Peter’s Hospice Room to Care Appeal on Saturday

Hospice educator Caroline Mundy warmed things up on a bright but freezing Saturday by rowing a full marathon outside the St Peter’s Hospice shop in Horfield in three hours and ten minutes.

Caroline’s Crossfit teammates then rowed a cumulative 804km – the equivalent to the area in square kilometres covered by the hospice – at their Bishopston gym in just over six hours.



Their gruelling challenge has so far bought in more than £10,000 for the appeal.

“It was a huge success!” said Caroline. “The total is still rising but we are now past the £10k mark, which is absolutely incredible.”

“Everyone rowed their hearts out, gave so very generously and ate lots of cake! It was so good to see family and friends getting together, cheering each other on.”

To make a donation visit and to learn more about the Room to Care Appeal visit


Ready, Steady, Bake! launches at Icon offices


The St Peter’s Hospice Ready, Steady, Bake! campaign was launched in spectacular style at the offices of Icon Films on Tuesday morning

The production company’s kitchen tables were laden with all sorts of baked goods, to suit every taste and dietary requirement, with pots of tea and coffee to wash down the savoury and mostly sweet treats.

Taking place throughout March, Ready, Steady, Bake! will see supporters across Bristol take to their kitchens and host tea parties, cake sales and coffee mornings to raise money for St Peter’s Hospice.

Icon Films are backing Bristol’s only adult hospice and its Room to Care Appeal as their former Operations Manager, Tam Huggett-Haines, spent her final days being cared for by the hospice in January 2017.

“The St Peter’s Hospice Room to Care appeal is a cause that is incredibly close to Icon Films’ staff members’ hearts,” said Rebecca McEwan, Business Affairs and Commerical Manager.

“We want to make sure that all members of staff at Icon Films have an opportunity to contribute to the appeal and Ready, Steady, Bake is a fun and accessible way for everyone to get involved, be it by getting creative in the kitchen or simply turning up on the day to gorge on the variety of baked treats.”



The 2017 Ready, Steady, Bake! campaign raised an incredible £10,000 for St Peter’s Hospice, with more than 100 events held across Bristol, and fundraisers hope to top that this year.

The money is needed more than ever in 2018 as the hospice aims to complete the funding of its redeveloped Inpatient Unit through the Room to Care Appeal.

All 51 St Peter’s Hospice shops will be taking part with their own cake sales meaning customers can pick up a sweet treat while they shop for pre-loved fashion, books and toys – maybe even their own bakeware!

St Peter’s Hospice community fundraiser, Lisa Kimpton, said: “What better way to get everyone smiling at school, work or home than with a cake sale or tea party?”

“Whatever you bake or buy, whether you use your best vintage china or paper plates, all the money raised will help local families living with complex life-limiting illness.

“The people of Bristol really got behind us in 2017, and we’re hoping for an even bigger bake this year!

“If you can’t hold a party yourself, keep an eye out for cake sales taking place at your local shop.”

If you’re inspired to host your own bake sale at school, work or home, visit for more information and fundraising materials.


Knutty Knitters hang up needles after raising £156,000 for hospice

The Knutty Knitters hung up their needles on Thursday 15 February after an incredible five and a half years’ fundraising for St Peter’s Hospice

The group, consisting of Alison Spurrell, Anne Iles, Beverley Gardner, Jean Richards, Eileen Agnew, Pat Dardis and Julia Worth, have raised an astounding £156,000 since 2012!

Their life-size ‘Knitivity’ caught the national attention in 2013, earning national press coverage and an appearance on The One Show.

The Knitters met while working together at St Teresa’s School in Horfield. Christine Walsh, one of the founding members, died of Bowel cancer at St Peter’s Hospice in December 2011.

The group had already conceived of a lifesized ‘Knitivity’, and decided to use it to raise money for the hospice in memory of Christine.

The Knitters’ farewell tour has seen them host talks and appear on Made in Bristol TV, while the Knitivity secured an invitation to be guests of honour at a Christmas wedding reception in December.

“The Knutty Knitters are sad to be finally unravelling but our time supporting St Peter’s Hospice has been full of love, mutual support and fun,” said Knitter Alison Spurrell. “We’ll never forget our friend Christine who was looked after so well in 2011.

“Thank you to fundraisers Petra and Esther for their support throughout.”

A massive thank you to all the Knitters, from everyone at the hospice, for your amazing efforts!

Knitivity weaves way into wedding on farewell tour

There were some very special guests at the wedding of Westbury–on-Trym couple Andy Gore and Hayley Edwards on Saturday 16 December

Their Christmastime wedding was even more festive with the addition of a life-sized woollen nativity – the famous Knitivity created by the Knutty Knitters fundraising group.

Best man Steve Spurrell’s mother Alison is a Knutty Knitter, prompting the couple to generously invite the Knitivity to their reception and invite donations to St Peter’s Hospice.

2017 is the last year of fundraising for the Knutty Knitters as they retire their needles after five years.

The Knitters have been a huge fundraising success for the hospice, raising more than £120,000 for St Peter’s Hospice since 2012.

Their life-size Knitivity caught the national attention and earned national press coverage and an appearance on The One Show.

More recently their farewell tour has seen them host talks and appear as guests on Made in Bristol TV – but this was the first wedding the Knitivity had attended.

The group set themselves the final target of £150,000 by the end of the year and are well on track!

The final Knitivity tour dates are Tesco Brislington from 18-20 December and Tesco Eastville on Thursday 21 December.


Pegasus Motor Club brings touch of class to charity run

Nearly 50 classic cars turned out for the Pegasus Motor Club’s inaugural Classic Car Run in aid of St Peter’s Hospice on Sunday

One hundred people in 48 vintage, sport and kit cars cruised around the 80-mile coastal route, starting and finishing in at Oakham Treasures in Portbury. See photos

The event has so far raised more than £2,000 for St Peter’s Hospice, with Oakham Treasures also directly donating £200 to Bristol’s only adult hospice. To make a donation please visit

Pegasus Motor Club is a motoring club based in Bristol that provides an excellent range of events for anyone interested in cars. They organise a full range of social events including car meetings, guest speakers, trips, track days and tours, alongside sporting events suitbale for standard road cars.

The club is affiliated to the Motor Sports Association. To find out more visit


Join us this Summer Party season

This June, July and August, get together with family and friends and raise vital funds for St Peter’s Hospice.

You can register your party for free and we’ll send you a host of goodies.

Garden party, BBQ, tea party, picnic… the choice is yours! You can also download our party pack to get some inspiration.

Whatever party to decide to hold, you will enable us to look after more local people who desperately need our care. We are hoping to raise £35,000. This would pay for a new Community Nurse for one year, allowing them to care for more patients in their own homes.

Ready, Steady, Bake

Thank you to all our wonderful supporters who made this year’s Ready, Steady, Bake the biggest and best yet!

The month was a resounding success, with 60 parties held and £8,000 raised. March has truly become the tastiest month of the year!

Once again, thank you to all of our bakers and those who tucked into the cakes!

Bristol Half Marathon

We have some brilliant news – we have been chosen as the official charity of the Bristol Haf Marathon 2014!

This is one of the country’s most popular half marathons, with up to 20,000 pulling on their running shoes to speed through the city.

This year the run takes place on 21st September, and we are looking for as many runners as possible!

Find out more about the run, or email Maria to find out how you can take part for St Peter’s Hospice.


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