It’s been in the planning for some years and the dream has finally been realised. St Peter’s Hospice has its new In-Patient Unit (IPU), as well as an improved and expanded main building.
By the time the public were asked for support there was £1.5million left to raise in order to pay for this mammoth project. The people of the Bristol area, together with businesses large and small as well as the local media pulled out all the stops and made the whole thing possible.
Almost everyone I know has been affected by the work of St Peter’s
Hospice. We’ve all had a relative, friend or colleague (or all three) who have been looked after by this amazing charity, some in the In-Patient Unit and some at home. From my previous post you’ll know that the IPU is only a part of the work, but it’s a valuable one.
So TODAY the unit opens to patients for the very first time. I had a guided tour recently and one day last week I took some photos in my lunch break. I think you’ll be impressed by the thought and detail which has gone into the planning and building of this fantastic building. All 15 rooms are single occupancy with a bed-settee for family and an en-suite wet room. There are also lounges, quiet rooms and a specialist bathroom.
The building includes a beautiful sanctuary area which can be used for anything from individual quiet time to a group service, ceremony or meditation. The short corridor to the Sanctuary door will have a garden area on either side (not finished yet hence the picture of an empty concrete area!)
Of course, the work continues to look after those with life-limiting illnesses and so fundraising continues. Please donate to, and buy from, the SPH shops and attend some of the events – or maybe hold your own fundraiser?