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Fleece fundraiser raises thousands for hospice

By sophia1980  |  Posted: June 02, 2014

Sarah Smither with the performing acts

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Some of the hottest acoustic acts in the South West helped raise thousands of pounds for St Peter's Hospice at the launch of this year's 'Party for Pete'.

The gig, which took place at The Fleece on St Thomas Street, showcased seven local acts including Gaz Brookfield, Strung, The Wires, Alannah Jackson, Ben Pang, Harry Swann and Lunch Money and raised an impressive £2,467 for Bristol's only adult hospice.

Organised by Bedminster resident Sarah Smither, in memory of her husband James, the gig was attended by hundreds of people.

The Fleece gig marks the grand opening of the 'Party for Pete' season which asks people to host their own party in the month of September to raise money for the hospice.

Sarah said: "The gigs we've organised over the past two years have been a huge success and raised over £10,000 for the hospice. To add over £2000 more to that total is amazing and I'm so pleased it went well.

"St Peter's Hospice offered myself and James' family the most unbelievable care and support when we needed it so I'm delighted to be able to give something back and help let other people know about the wonderful work it does."

Headlining the acoustic launch party, was Bristol native Gaz Brookfield, a well-known performer at the Fleece where he has sold out on three previous occasions. 

Winner of Acoustic Magazine's Singer Songwriter of the Year in 2010, Gaz has since toured with many well-known names including The Levellers on their O2 Academies tour, when he succeeded in breaking all venue records for numbers of albums sold by a support act every night on the latter tour.

Also on stage was 11-year-old Alannah Jackson a singer-songwriter and guitarist from Bristol who will be performing with her dad Pete Jackson.

Alannah has been writing songs since she was nine and has recently taken them out onto the live circuit and recorded her first EP.

Alannah's dad Pete said: "My mum – Alannah's nan – died from cancer in 2010 and we had so much support from St Peter's Hospice. They really helped make the whole thing almost bearable so we were happy to do anything to help them.

"Alannah was also thrilled to be supporting one of her musical heroes Gaz Brookfield at a venue like The Fleece, it was a great night and all for a worthwhile cause."
Petra Littlefair, community fundraiser at St Peter's Hospice said: "The amazing line-up Sarah organised for the acoustic launch party meant we raised an amazing amount of money for the hospice. The continuing growth of 'Party For Pete' just goes to show what people can achieve for a good cause! 

"It was a fabulous night of fun at the Fleece with lots of local music lovers supporting the city's only adult hospice at the same time."

St Peter's Hospice supporters who would like to hold their own 'Party For Pete' in September, can plan any party on any theme they like, for example a classy cocktail party, an adults' fancy dress party or a children's party.  Funds are raised for St Peter's Hospice by partygoers donating a 'party fee' to the charity.

If you would like to hold a 'Party for Pete' in September, please contact the fundraising office on 01275 391 430 for a registration form, email petra.littlefair@stpetershospice.org.uk or register online at www.partyforpete.org.uk

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.

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