Stephen Merchant backs St Peter's Hospice appeal

February 01 2018

HANHAM actor, comedian and writer Stephen Merchant paid a visit to a cause close to his heart when he visited St Peter's Hospice recently.

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HANHAM actor, comedian and writer Stephen Merchant paid a visit to a cause close to his heart when he visited St Peter's Hospice recently.

Stephen spent time with patients and nurses in the Day Hospice, before touring the construction site where the Inpatient Unit is being redeveloped to provide 15 private ensuite rooms.

Stephen, who grew up in Hanham and went to Hanham High School (now Hanham Woods Academy), is spending a few days in his home city on a visit from LA where he now lives and works, having starred alongside Hugh Jackson in the 2017 X-Men film Logan.

His grandmother was cared for by St Peter’s Hospice when it was based at Knowle, and Stephen was joined by his parents Ron and Elaine on his visit to Brentry. 

The much-loved star met staff and patients and gave his backing to the hospice’s Room to Care Appeal to help fund the IPU redevelopment.

"Ever since my grandmother was cared for by St Peter’s Hospice 22 years ago, I’ve felt a real connection to everything they do," said Stephen, who made his break after co-penning the acclaimed series The Office with Ricky Gervais.

"I’m really pleased to be able to visit, help out the appeal and keep people aware of what the hospice is trying to achieve.

"Please help us build a 21st century hospice for Bristol."

To find out more about the Room to Care Appeal visit www.roomtocare.co.uk