The Bishop of Bath and Wells, the Rt Revd Peter Hancock, has accepted an invitation to become a patron of St. Margaret’s Hospice.

It comes after the Bishop visited our Yeovil hospice in October, where he learned more about how St. Margaret’s cares for 3,800 people in Somerset with life-limiting illnesses each year.

Bishop Peter said: “I very much enjoyed my visit to the Yeovil hospice last year and am hugely encouraged and inspired by the work St. Margaret’s does amongst patients and their families at the most unimaginably difficult time of their lives. The charity’s staff and volunteers are inspiring and it was a great pleasure to meet some of them.

“I am grateful to have been asked to be a patron of St. Margaret’s Hospice and will do all I can to promote and endorse the charity.”

The spiritual care team at St. Margaret’s Hospice, led by Revd Ann Fulton, plays an integral part in the support offered to patients and their families. Their support is available to people of all faiths and none, at the In-patient Units in Taunton and Yeovil as well as in homes in the community.

Jennifer Board, Chairman of St. Margaret’s Hospice, said: “We are delighted to welcome Bishop Peter as a patron of our charity. His endorsement of the work our staff and volunteers do every day in caring for people across Somerset means a great deal to us, and we hope it will help to raise awareness of the support available to families affected by a life-limiting illness.”

The Diocese of Bath and Wells stretches from Portishead in the north to Crewkerne in the south, and from Minehead in the west to Frome in the east.

Bishop Peter joins a distinguished group of St. Margaret’s Hospice patrons which includes: Lord-Lieutenant of Somerset Anne Maw; the Right Reverend Declan Lang, Bishop of Clifton; Countess de Salis; Lady Gass; Jane Barrie, Independent Chairman of the South of England Local Education and Training Board; popular BBC Radio Bristol presenter Emma Britton and her dog Billy the Beagle. Somerset cricketer Dom Bess is a celebrity supporter of St. Margaret’s.

After NHS funding, our charity needs to raise over £9.5m this year to deliver high quality, responsive and compassionate care to patients, their families and carers across the county.