Grants from charitable Trusts and Foundations are key to keeping the Hospice and our services running. They help us to care for patients and their families, both in their own homes and at the Hospice. Each grant, no matter the size, means a great deal to us.
Thanks to generous funding received from The Morrisons Foundation and The Mark Master Masons of Bristol, we are now the proud owners of a brand-new response vehicle, assisting patients and family members in travelling to and from the Hospice. With an additional grant from The Hospital Saturday Fund, we have also purchased a new wheelchair, that provides extra comfort and fits perfectly inside the vehicle.
Marc Willetts, Hospice Volunteer Manager, says: "Transport is difficult for a lot of our patients, as is parking. A mobility car is a very helpful thing to provide, and patients know that we're looking after them with the same high standard of care that the Hospice provides.
"We can take up to six passengers, so we can help an entire family come to visit a patient. Today, we've been able to pick-up a patient from Southmead Hospital when the taxi didn't arrive. We are able to be flexible and respond to the patient's needs, rather than relying on anyone else."
Aylwyn Powell, who has been a volunteer driver for ten years, explains: "I've taken a lady for an x-ray today, accompanying her from the car to the department, and driven a man to his therapy session."
By making transport available for patients and their loved ones, we are helping to make our vital St Peter's Hospice services accessible for everyone in our community, which is essential to our Hospice ethos.Back to News