Bristol Rovers Community Trust ambassadors Ollie Clarke, Alfie Kilgour, Mark Little and Alex Rodman made a visit to St. Peter’s Hospice last Thursday to help celebrate the Year of the Nurse and meet some of the patients at the incredible facility in Brentry.
St Peter’s Hospice is a Bristol charity caring for adults with life-limiting illnesses, and aim to improve the quality of their living and dying while extending care and support to their families and loved ones. They provide physical, psychological and spiritual care for their patients in their own homes as well as at the Hospice. They also teach other healthcare professionals about how to care for people at the end of their lives.
Check out the video summarising the ambassador's visit below!
Bristol Rovers Community Trust CEO, Adam Tutton, who has had personal family experience of the facility praised the incredible work of nurses and staff at St Peters Hospice. “The Club has always really supported the work of St Peter’s Hospice,” he said. “But when you experience first hand what they actually do here for the people of Bristol, it makes that connection even stronger.”
This year is the Year of the Nurse, celebrating the work that nurses across the world do every day in their various roles. It’s important to know that a large proportion of the work that the Hospice does is within the community, treating patients and offering support to relatives as well as the service users.
“The care, compassion, understanding offered by the nurses here at the hospice made such a difference to us as a family,” said Adam. “They go above and beyond to give the absolute best every single day". Adam said that the link the football club shares with the hospice is an important part of its work. “It is Bristol’s only adult hospice and is a very important part of the local community,” he added. “Many of our supporters – 8,000 come to watch our games each week – have been touched by cancer and experienced the work of the Hospice.”
Ollie, Mark, Alfie, and Alex had a tour of the multi-million-pound facility, meeting patients and nurses from the Day Services department before visiting patients and families in the ward for the service users with more complex forms of cancer. Players have made regular visits over the years to the Hospice to meet patients and staff who are fans. The club will also help with fundraising and organising player visits in the future.
Adam Tutton concluded “The Club is keen to continue to help make a difference in supporting this amazing charity. The lads did the Club proud today and we’re looking forward to further establishing this link with the team at St. Peter’s Hospice.