One Month To Go: Join St Christopher’s Bluebell Walk and Help Make a Difference
Hundreds of people have already signed up to support St Christopher’s Bluebell Walk on Sunday 8 May in Cudham but lots more walkers are needed to join in the fun if the event is going to meet the hospices’ fundraising target of £50,000.
Walkers can enjoy a choice of walks across three, five, seven or nine miles of beautiful Kent countryside, starting and finishing at Cudham Recreation Ground, Kent, where there will be refreshments, music and entertainment for all ages.
Many supporters take part in the Bluebell event in memory of someone who has received care from the hospice. St Christopher’s services are given in many settings including patients’ own homes or care home, four inpatient wards and the Anniversary Centre in Sydenham, and the Caritas Centre in Orpington. St Christopher’s gives highly skilled and compassionate care, helping patients and their families to live well and to manage the challenges of a life-shortening illness.
Wunmi Oyemade, from Nunhead, has been visiting the Anniversary Centre in Sydenham since 2012. Aged 50, four years ago Wunmi contracted a rare and incurable condition which has now confined her to a wheelchair.
“I was reluctant about coming to St Christopher’s, but eventually I was admitted to the inpatient ward for two weeks because I was really struggling with the side effects of my medication and had a very low mood. The staff helped me to adjust my medication so that I felt much better, and the physio team suggested that I try a tens machine to manage the pain that I was in, which was really effective and is something that I have carried-on with at home.
Once I got back home again I started coming to St Christopher’s every week on a Wednesday. Initially I just went to the gym and then tended to sit on my own but gradually, the nurses introduced me to other patients and I became more involved and started to enjoy talking to others. You meet some really nice people here; from all walks of life. It’s just lovely to be able to talk and listen to people. Plus, I get my nails done here every week!
“Using the gym really benefits me. I spend three hours exercising which makes me feel better and because I’m in a wheelchair, I can use the specialised equipment to help keep flexibility and movement in my legs.
Wunmi finishes, “Coming here makes such a difference. It gets me out of the house and talking to people, and I always tell my friends on Facebook that I’m coming here! If you come to St Christopher’s you’ll be surprised by all that goes on and all that you can do.
“I can’t do the Bluebell Walk, but if you can, you’d be supporting people like me to get more out of life.”
About the Bluebell Walk
All routes on the walk start and finish at Cudham Recreation Ground and there are refreshment stops en-route at Downe and Halstead village halls. The routes are clearly sign-posted with wonderful volunteer marshals on hand to give any advice or encouragement.
It’s free to join the walk if registered in advance, and walkers are asked to secure sponsorship to enable St Christopher’s to keep providing expert and compassionate end of life care and family care services free of charge, across Bromley, Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark. If walkers pledge to fundraise £50 or more, they can claim a free limited edition Bluebell Walk t-shirt!
Walkers can start the walk at Cudham Recreation Ground, Cudham Lane South, Kent, TN14 7QB from 9am until 2pm (but the last recommended set-off time for the longer seven or nine mile routes is 12pm).
For information or to register for the walk please contact the Bluebell Walk team on 01689 892 982 or on online at www.stchristophers.org.uk/bluebell
Every penny counts
Every penny raised at the Bluebell Walk will make a difference to St Christopher’s. For example:
- £50 will fund two sessions with a welfare officer on practicalities such as coping at work, caring for children, and managing financial, housing and legal matters.
- £100 will pay for a patient to see a specialist nurse for support with troubling symptoms such as pain, breathlessness and fatigue.
- £200 will fund 10 complementary therapy sessions bringing relief from stress and anxiety and helping to promote a good night’s sleep.
For further information about St Christopher’s Hospice please contact:
Suzy Fisk, Communications Assistant Tel: 020 8768 4510 or
About St Christopher’s Hospice www.stchristophers.org.uk
- St Christopher’s Hospice is a charity and was founded in 1967 by Dame Cicely Saunders as the first modern hospice.
- St Christopher’s combines care, education and research to provide skilled and compassionate end of life care in our community.
- St Christopher’s serves a diverse population of 1.5 million in five south London boroughs – Bromley, Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark.
- The inpatient unit in Sydenham has 48 beds and last year provided care for nearly 800 people.
- On average, each month last year we cared for 650 people in their own homes, involving over 14,000 visits from St Christopher’s specialist staff across the year
- It costs £19 million each year to deliver these specialist palliative care and family care services free of charge to patients of which approximately £13 million must be fundraised each year.
St Christopher’s is registered charity 210667