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£15,000 for Bristol hospice

St Peter's Hospice has been awarded £15,000 through a programme funded by the St James’s Place Foundation, the charitable arm of a wealth management group.

The money will go towards the Hospice at Home service which provides hands-on nursing care to patients at the end of their life, in their own homes. The grant means more support can be given to patients by nurses and health care assistants.

St. Peter’s Hospice is Bristol’s only adult hospice caring for local people with incurable diseases.

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£8 million for former Farepak customers

The bank HBOS has decided to make £8 million available to help former customers of the collapsed Farepak Christmas hamper business which was based in Swindon.

It comes after Mr Justice Peter Smith accused the bank of taking a "hardball approach" and suggested it should "seriously consider" adding to the £2 million it put into a distress fund in 2006 for Farepak's customers.

HBOS said it had acted legally, but said that the group had "wider responsibilities" to the community as well as legal and financial obligations.