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.
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