Local Lotto Results 17.11.17

A bright and crisp November morning welcomed another Local Lotto winner today with Mrs Wenham from Clevedon, with the number 36342, was our lucky winner of £1,000.  Having been in the Local Lotto draw from the very beginning, it was very exciting to see her number come out for the very first time.  Congratulations.

Our ten prizes of £10 were the following numbers: 30247, 60133, 22750, 14746, 79920, 16621, 93413, 34525, 11467 and 46426.

Our roll over again was not won and now stands at £600.

St Peter’s Hospice Christmas Market to bring festive cheer for charity

Bristol shoppers will be able to give their present-hunting a boost at one of the city’s best-loved Christmas fairs as the St Peter’s Hospice Christmas Market returns on Saturday 18 November

The market, now in its 38th year, is hosted in the grand setting of The Great Hall at Bristol Grammar School, just off the Clifton Triangle. Doors will open to the public at 10.30am, revealing stalls packed with beautifully crafted festive gifts from a variety of local makers, bakers and craftspeople.

Christmas decorations, gifts for all ages, presents for pets, seasonal tasty treats, Christmas wreathes and handcrafted wooden will be available this year.

Other stalls will include the popular St Peter’s Hospice Christmas Cards range, homemade cakes and preserves, handcrafted jewellery, ceramics and glassware alongside local favourites such as Pieminister, Somerset Charcuterie and Zara’s chocolates.

Family fun includes face-painting, and an appearance from Father Christmas himself at 2pm! Musical entertainment will be provided by local choirs and bands, including the Mini Massive Sax Flextet, the Good Afternoon Choir, the Great Day Choir and local brass band players.

Esther Hall, community fundraiser at St Peter’s Hospice, said: “We are so excited about our market this year, offering even more hand-crafted, locally-made gifts and delicious festive food than ever before. It’s such a fantastic way to do your Christmas shopping and support St Peter’s Hospice at the same time.

“There will be something for everyone on your list with gift stalls including books and games, knitwear, candles and Christmas decorations. The smell of mulled wine and mince pies fills a cosy tearoom, where shoppers can have a break, a cup of tea and a bite to eat.

“We’re hoping to raise £15,000 on the day with every single present bought benefitting a patient this Christmas and making their last months, weeks and days as comfortable as possible.”

The event at Bristol Grammar School, University Road, will run from 10.30am-3pm with free parking on the premises and nearby. Entry costs just £1 with children going free. Wheelchair access and handy cloakroom for coats and prams will be available.

St Peter’s Hospice is a Bristol charity caring for adults with life-limiting illnesses, aiming to improve the quality of their living and dying while extending care and support to their families and loved ones.

All care is provided free of charge, but costs around £20,000 a day to deliver. For most of this money the hospice relies on gifts in wills, donations, its charity shops and fundraising, including events like the Christmas Market.

This year St Peter’s Hospice also needs to find another £1.53m to complete the redevelopment of its Inpatient Unit, and has launched the Room to Care Appeal to fund this.

The new unit will contain 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 total cost of the project is £6.53m, and the Room to Care Appeal needs to secure the final £1.53 million during the next 12 months.

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 or visit one of 51 St Peter’s Hospice charity shops.

For more information about the Christmas Market click here.


One last gig for hospice fundraiser

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.”

Tickets cost £8 and are on sale now via See Tickets or Bristol Ticket Shop.

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!”


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 justgiving.com/campaigns/charity/sph/pegasusmotorclub.

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 bristolpegasus.com.


St Peter’s Hospice launches colourful collection

St Peter’s Hospice Shops have launched their Autumn/Winter ‘17 campaign and are aiming to brighten up the dull days with splashes of colour

The Autumn/Winter Colour collection stocked by the 50 St Peter’s Hospice shops throughout Bristol and beyond mixes traditional warm autumn colours and textured fabrics with bold shocks of primary colours.

With designers like Karen Millen, French Connection and Paul Smith on the racks, as well as high street names like Topshop, Next, Zara and River Island, savvy shoppers can get hold of some of their favourite brands at less than half the original price.

Head of Retail Paul Chivers says St Peter’s Hospice challenges the limits of charity shopping. “Our shops are a brilliant source of high-quality affordable fashion. The collection we have put together this season will enable people to put together eye-catching outfits that are both weather and wallet appropriate!

“Pre-loved fashion has really taken off in recent year with sites like ebay and Depop becoming increasingly popular. The advantage of our shops is that you can try before you buy and the money you spend goes straight back into helping patients and families in Bristol.

“We are also upcycling clothes and fabrics to give them a bespoke vintage feel – many shops now have a dedicated vintage section and our City Centre store has just launched its own Urban Fashion section.

“All money generated from our shops and clearance stores goes directly towards caring for patients with life-limiting illnesses as well as supporting their families, both at the hospice and out in the community.”

For a full list of the 50 St Peter’s Hospice shops across Bristol visit stpetershospice.org.uk/shops.

Be individual, be you and be colourful with St Peter’s Hospice Shops this season!


Hospice honey hustle creates buzz

With constant fundraising events and sponsorship demands on supporters and shop customers, St Peter’s Hospice staff are being encouraged to lead by example

Many have seized the challenge with relish (not least including CEO Simon), and the latest fundraising superstar is Hospice receptionist Wendy – with a little help from her swarm of bees!

Wendy only started bee-keeping this year, but has already produced her first jar of honey.

“It has been very interesting although we are very aware we have a great deal to learn,” said Wendy. “The early warm weather got the girls off to a fine start and we have harvested our first honey.”

“The harvest was modest so I’m not about to flood the market with Bristol Honey, however, I decided to raffle off my very first jar of honey.”

The lucky winner Pete

Entry was £1 and a single pound jar of honey (which would normally sell at about £6) raised an incredible £155 for St Peter’s Hospice.

The lucky winner was Inpatient Unit volunteer Pete, who was delighted to win perhaps the most coveted jar of honey in Bristol!

If you are interested in fundraising for St Peter’s Hospice and would like information or support, please contact community@stpetershospice.org.


Lord Mayor visits patients and staff

St Peter’s Hospice welcomed Lord Mayor of Bristol Lesley Alexander on Thursday

The Lord Mayor visited patients, staff and volunteers at the Hospice at the invitation of St Peter’s Hospice Chief Executive Simon Caraffi.

“It was a fabulous visit,” said the Lord Mayor on Twitter. “Thank you so much for inviting me to meet patients and the staff who work so incredibly hard supporting them.”

Local Lotto results 25.08.17

Fridays draw has seen another winner of £1,000!

Ms L,  who bought their ticket in the Portishead shop, with the number 107024 is the lucky supporter this week.

The ten prizes of £10 were won this week by the numbers: 63143, 3419, 1641, 92892, 50577, 21830, 20587, 85450, 67559 & 121038.

The roll over was again not won, and now stands at £3,900!


Celebrating Cas on a Walk to Remember

Hundreds of walkers took to the stunning Blaise Castle estate on Sunday for the St Peter’s Hospice Walk to Remember

The three-mile circular walk – taking in beautiful woodland, Grade II listed buildings and stunning views over the gorge – is an annual fundraiser for the hospice and offers friends and relatives time to reflect on the memory of loved ones and celebrate their lives.

One family in particular tuned out in force, as 42 members of the Thompson family walked in memory of husband, brother and uncle Caswell James Thompson, who passed away peacefully at St Peter’s Hospice on his 61st birthday, 10 August 2016.

“The walk really brought us together a lot closer,” said Cas’ sister Margaret.

“It was lovely to do this as a family and to meet everyone else – including all the dogs who spurred us on! The walk gave us time and space to share stories or just walk in silence reflecting on memories.

“Everyone had such a good time. Cas loved the woods and the outdoors so it felt like a great way to celebrate his life.”


Cas with wife Annette

“Caswell, Cassy or simply Cas, was a man of integrity, intelligence, loyalty, strength, and artistry. His face lit up whenever he talked about his engineering work and despite the challenges of running a business, this often spurred him on to meet his goals. For him, life was a journey, one that was not always easy, but one that was filled with laughter and joy even to the end.”

“We are so grateful for the caring attitude and humble nature of the St Peter’s Hospice staff who supported Cas during his illness. The care, time and patience given to all of us, form the youngest to the oldest, was incredible.”

St Peter’s Hospice is hoping to raise £10,000 from this year’s event. Events Fundraiser Louisa James said: “The Walk to Remember is a lovely, moving day as participants remember and celebrate loved ones. All funds raised go towards continuing to provide patient care for people like Cas and the families who need us.”

As Bristol’s only adult hospice, St Peter’s Hospice cares for more than 2,000 patients each year as well as supporting family members.

All services ase provided free of charge but this care costs around £20,000 a day, most of which is generated through gifts in wills, kind donations and funds generated by the hospice shops and events.

The St Peter’s Hospice Walk to Remember is an annual fundraising event. For upcoming St Peter’s Hospice events visit stpetershospice.org.


Something old is something new for charity bridal shop

St Peter’s Hospice has received an extraordinary donation from a local wedding dress shop

Future Brides in Chipping Sodbury has donated 18 wedding dresses and 14 bridesmaid dresses to the St Peter’s Hospice shop in Westbury-on-Trym.

“I needed to release space in my shop for new season dresses,” said manager Tracey Veal. “I had worked alongside the St Peter’s Hospice stand at a wedding fair as they promoted their own amazing bridal section at the Westbury-on-Trym shop, and couldn’t think of a more deserving cause to donate my dresses.

“The hospice does such amazing work for the people of Bristol – it was an obvious choice for me. I hope they raise lots of much needed funds.”

One of the donated dresses

The retail value of Tracy’s donation is estimated at around £7,000.

Mandi Gibbs, St Peter’s Hospice shop manager for Westbury-on-Trym, said: “We are quite overwhelmed by the incredibly generous donation of such a large quantity of beautiful dresses.

“We are extremely grateful for Tracey’s donation, which has greatly enhanced and extended the truly fantastic range of both new and preloved bridal dresses, bridesmaid’s dresses and occasion wear which we have on offer ‘Upstairs’ and will enable us to carry on raising much needed funds for Bristol’s only adult hospice in a really significant way.”

There are two ‘Upstairs at…” bridal and eveningwear sections in the St Peter’s Hospice range of shops. Alongside the Canford Lane shop in Westbury-on-Trym there is also one on the High Street in Nailsea.

For a full list of St Peter’s Hospice Shops locations and opening times, please visit stpetershospice.org/shop.


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