Get into the Christmas spirit with the annual St Peter's Hospice Christmas Bazaar

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By sophia1980 | Friday, November 08, 2013, 15:57

The annual St Peter's Hospice Christmas Bazaar is back for the 34th year running, offering Bristolians a chance to get into the festive spirit and start their Christmas shopping.

The popular event will take place at the Council House in College Green on Saturday 9 November, where stalls will include Christmas crafts and decorations, homemade cakes, local cheeses, jewellery, preserves, wine, bric-a-brac, books and much more. The bazaar will also feature a visit from the Town Crier.

Since the first Bazaar was held in 1980, the event has raised over £300,000 for Bristol's only adult hospice. Organised by a group of dedicated volunteers, who spend all year arranging stalls and items to be sold, the event has become a Bristol institution.

The first event was held in the Victoria Rooms in Clifton but has now expanded to the Council House, College Green, with this year being its 20th year there.

Pat Dunsford, chairperson of the Christmas Bazaar committee said: "The annual Christmas Bazaar keeps growing in popularity and we now raise around £10,000 for patient care in Bristol each year.

"Every year we attract over 1000 shoppers who come to enjoy the variety of stalls on offer. On display this year will also be the popular Knutty Knitters 'Knitivity' display and an old favourite the Quilt Draw.

"Local companies have been fantastic at donating items for the Bazaar and without their support we couldn't do it. Almondsbury Garden Centre and Cadbury Garden Centre have donated lovely Christmas decorations while Sounds Commercial provide our sound system and Tollgate Hire provide a van for moving everything around.

"We have a fabulous team of volunteers who organise the Bazaar but we always need more. If you're interested in helping out by manning a stall or setting up on the Friday and Saturday please get in touch. We are also looking for a new Vice Chair so if you're looking for some rewarding volunteer work give us a call."

Admission into this year's Bazaar is 50p per person and shoppers will have the chance to buy St Peter's Hospice special Christmas cards. The event runs from 10am-3pm.

Now in its 35th anniversary year St Peter's Hospice cares for more than 2,670 patients as well as family members every year. It costs £6.8 million to run the hospice yearly and with 77% of that coming from the generosity of public support, events like this are vital.

Petra Littlefair, community fundraiser at the charity, said: "The Christmas Bazaar is definitely one of our biggest and most popular events. It generates a great deal of funding for us and allows us to continue our work with patients in the city."

For more information about St Peter's Hospice and the Christmas Bazaar visit www.stpetershospice.org

If you would like to help out at the Bazaar, please contact Pat Dunsford on 01275 540012.

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