Last Monday, transatlantic law firm Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD) hosted a quiz in aid of St Peter’s Hospice – a Bristol-based charity that helps to provide care for local people with life-limiting illnesses.
Hosted at Ashton Gate stadium in Bristol, many of the major businesses across the region had teams that participated in both a quiz and a silent auction.
Items in the auction included a signed England team cricket bat, a signed New Zealand ferns rugby shirt, a England rugby match ball, four tickets to Bath Rugby v Bristol Bears at Twickenham, a family portrait voucher, and a one hour 4×4 driving experience with Xtreme Offroad.
The event raised over £6,000 for the hospice, adding to the £58,000 that WBD have raised for them since January 2017.
Over the past two years the WBD Bristol office has raised funds through a range of charitable and fundraising activities including sporting events (Tour de Bristol, Cycling challenge from Aberdeen to Bristol), an Easter Fayre, a Bingo Night, a Grand National Fantasy horse race, dress down days, cake sales, payroll giving and volunteering in the hospice’s shops across Bristol.
Jonathan Bower, partner and head of Responsible Business in WBD’s Bristol office, said: “We’re delighted to have raised over £6000 on the back of our charity quiz last week, the event was a great opportunity to get together with St Peter’s Hospice, our clients and businesses from across the city to raise funds for a cause close to our hearts. St Peter’s Hospice has a strong personal resonance for our firm as our colleague Robert Pope received care at the hospice before sadly passing away three years ago.
“St Peter’s Hospice is a core part of our local community and we’re thrilled to have raised a total of £64,000 for the Room To Care Appeal, which provides patients with new individual rooms, offering privacy and the best environment for visiting families and loved ones at such a sensitive and precious time. Our fundraising campaign is our thank you to the hospice, for the vital work it delivers in our community every day and for the care it gave to Robert and his family.”
Simon Caraffi, CEO at St Peter’s Hospice, commented: “WBD are one of the most energetic, enthusiastic and committed corporate supporters we have worked with. Their very strong personal connection with St Peter’s Hospice through their colleague Robert Pope, who died at the hospice, has created a strong bond between us.
“This is shown not just in the big financial donations they have made but also in their involvement in so many aspects of St Peter’s work which has included them working in our shops as well as participating in several events. It is great to have this support from such a highly respected Bristol company.”
WBD is heavily involved in a comprehensive Responsible Business programme in Bristol, supporting a number of charities, community projects and initiatives including St Peter’s Hospice, East Bristol Foodbank, Bristol Sport Community Foundation reading stars, Oasis Brightstowe Academy mentoring and the Prince’s Trust.