TV star pays a visit to Bristol hospice

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By sophia1980 | Friday, February 07, 2014, 15:00

TV personality and local man Noel Edmonds paid a visit to Bristol's only adult hospice to see first-hand the work of the nurses, carers and specialists there.

Deal or No Deal star Noel visited St Peter's Hospice in Brentry, along with his make-up artist wife Liz, as part of the charity's Hospice Awareness Campaign which is running throughout 2014.

During the visit Noel and Liz, who live in Bitton, met patients, families, volunteers and staff and had a tour of the facilities and gardens which are used by over 2,000 people with life-limiting illnesses every year.

Noel said: "Liz and I really enjoyed our visit to St Peter's Hospice and felt very privileged and humbled in equal measure.

"I am a great supporter of the work of the hospice. Everyone who works there is doing an incredible job."

One patient who particularly touched Noel was 41-year-old Sally Tutton from Ashley Down. Sally is a day-patient at the hospice and is suffering from a rare form of cancer called Adenoid cystic carcinoma, which is a tumour on the brain.

Mum-of-two Sally said: "St Peter's Hospice has been crucial in improving my quality of life. It's been really fun meeting Noel. It's something different for the day, having something different is great because life can become quite boring."

As Bristol's only adult hospice, St Peter's Hospice cares for more than 2,670 patients each year as well as supporting family members.

All services are provided free of charge but this care costs around £18,000 a day. For around £13,000 of that, the hospice relies on gifts in wills, kind donations and funds generated by the hospice shops.

John Flanagan, Head of Supporter Relations at St Peter's Hospice, said: "It was wonderful to have Noel and Liz visit us at the Hospice and lend their support to our Hospice Awareness Campaign; the hospice is for patients, families and Bristol, so it's great to be able to spread the word.

"Noel's visit gave a real boost to the patients, their families and the nurses and he took the time to speak to everybody and listen to their stories.

"St Peter's Hospice is such a huge part of Bristol and as a local man Noel really appreciated the amount of care that goes on here. It was great for him to be able to get behind closed doors and see what we do day-to-day and it was fabulous to see him raise the spirits of everyone here."

To find out more about St Peter's Hospice visit www.stpetershospice.org.uk

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