Signed shirt winners meet for a night at the Mem
Supporters of Bristol Rovers and St Peter’s Hospice came together this week for a special celebration evening.
At the end of last year every Hospice shop throughout Bristol was given a signed home and away shirt from the Pirates to display in their stores.
The charity then held a silent auction in each shop, and the shirt winners were invited to a special cheese and cider evening at the Memorial Stadium.
One lucky winner was then drawn at random to receive a special VIP Boardroom experience with Bristol Rovers.
The initiative is set to bring in over £4,500 for the hospice, when the final few shirts have been auctioned off on eBay.
The fundraising campaign was sponsored by Blackthorn, who kindly purchased and donated the shirts.
Bristol Rovers Commercial Director Barry Bradshaw said: “We are delighted that our supporters have been able to raise so much money for the Hospice.
“We have worked very closely with St Peter’s on a number of projects in the past as they are a wonderful local charity that really makes a difference in our community, touching the lives of thousands of people across Bristol.
“I would like to thank everyone who bid on a shirt, and helped to make this initiative such a success.”
Caroline Booth-Morris, Corporate Fundraiser at St Peter’s Hospice said: “We are thrilled with the ongoing support from Bristol Rovers for St Peter’s Hospice.
“The signed shirt campaign was an innovative way of raising both significant funds as well as new awareness for the Hospice.
“We are delighted that everyone who took part enjoyed the experience and the Cheese & Cider evening at Bristol Rovers was the perfect way to round the campaign off.
“We would like to express our thanks to both Bristol Rovers and Blackthorn for all their support and making this initiative so successful.”
St Peter's Hospice is Bristol's only adult hospice caring for local people with life-limiting illnesses. Our commitment is to improve the quality of life of patients while extending care and support to their families and loved ones.
Their mission is to provide care and support for adult patients, families and carers in the community living with life-limiting illnesses in order to improve the quality of their living and dying. They do this working closely with other health and social care providers.
This is not a new partnership, as Bristol Rovers have run a number of fund raising initiatives for St Peter’s Hospice over the last few years. During the 2011/12 football season they were the club’s charity of the year.