Actor Anthony Head and partner vist St Peter's Hospice
By sophia1980 | Monday, May 13, 2013, 14:21
Actor Anthony Head and his partner Sarah Fisher paid a visit to a local hospice to see first-hand the work of the nurses, carers and specialists.
Day patient Lexi Rodgers, Anthony Head, John Flanagan and Sarah Fisher
Little Britain and Merlin star Anthony along with Sarah, who is an animal behaviourist, visited St Peter's Hospice in Brentry after hearing about the work from the Head of Supporter Relations John Flanagan.
John said: "I met Anthony and Sarah at a local radio station in Bristol rrecently and started talking to them about my chocolate Labrador Arthur. As Sarah is an animal expert she was really interested in some of his behavioural issues. We then began to discuss my work at the hospice and they agreed to come along and see for themselves what we do.
"After receiving a tour of the facilities and meeting some of the patients and staff I think they got a real idea of the amazing things we do here. St Peter's Hospice is now in its 35th anniversary year so it's fantastic to be receiving some high-profile support."
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. It costs £6.8 million to run the hospice with 77% of that coming from the generosity of public support.
Anthony Head, who lives with Sarah in Bath, said: "It is remarkable to see the work happening at the hospice. The teams of doctors, nurses and therapists are delivering excellent end of life care to patients and supporting their families at a very difficult time.
"What struck me the most was not only do they extend care to the patients themselves but to the extended family who are struggling to come to terms with the loss of loved ones.
"The range of services offered from Hospice at Home to music therapy is great; every aspect of care is thought of. Far from being an upsetting place to be, as some may think, the hospice was warm, happy, friendly and soothing.
"I would urge anyone in Bristol to support this worthy local cause which helps so many in their time of need."
During the visit Anthony and Sarah met patients, families, volunteers and staff.
Sarah is a TTouch counsellor and an animal behaviour expert and has appeared on several television programmes including This Morning and The One Show.
Sarah commented: "I am astounded at the level of care offered to families by St Peter's Hospice and all free of charge. It was a pleasure to meet staff and patients and of course Arthur too!"
John continued: "After Anthony and Sarah had toured the hospice Sarah spent some time with Arthur on the grounds, much to the patients' delight. Sarah was amazing she had Arthur eating out of her hands within minutes and there were significant improvements in behaviour."
To find out more about St Peter's Hospice visit www.stpetershospice.org.uk