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How did Pepper get its name?
In 1987, Robert Breakwell and his late wife Karen, together with four friends, came up with the idea of presenting a concert using local musicians, vocalists and school children to celebrate the Beatles' famous Sgt Pepper album and raise funds for a local charity.
Before the idea could come to fruition, Karen was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Throughout her illness she was cared for by a nursing team from Iain Rennie Hospice at Home. Sadly, Karen died in July 1988. In recognition of the support both he and Karen had received, Robert became a volunteer for Iain Rennie. In the same year he was persuaded to revisit his idea of staging a charitable fundraising concert and organised what turned out to be the first Pepper Show, in tribute to his late wife.
In 1993 Robert set up The Pepper Foundation – its name reflecting his earlier tribute to the Beatles' Sgt Pepper songs. Having started with one part-time nurse the charity now supports seven full-time nursing specialists and a family support team who provide 24 hour on-call care and support, 365 days a year for up to 50 life limited children and their families at any one time. The number of referrals is increasing year on year.
How much has been raised over the years?
The Pepper Foundation has raised around £2,000,000 through fundraising activities and donations. In 2013 the Foundation celebrated 25 years of fundraising through the Pepper Shows, in recognition of which Pepper patron Robert Breakwell was nominated for and received, the ITV Anglia Local Hero Award. He went on to represent the Anglia region at the national Pride of Britain Awards.
How much needs to be raised annually to pay for the nursing service?
We need to raise a minimum of £450,000 every year to keep the Pepper Nurses on the road. The nursing service only receives 20% from statutory sources, the remaining 80% (£320,000) has to come from the fundraising efforts of individuals, community groups, businesses, trusts, schools, fundraising events and from gifts and legacies. In 2014 Pepper funded the recruitment of an additional clinical nurse who joined the existing team in January 2015, so that the service can reach even more patients in Bucks and Herts.