St Christopher’s in numbers

Our year in numbers

Year in numbers 2017-2018

St Christopher's

  • Founded by Dame Cicely Saunders in 1967 St Christopher’s is widely recognised as the first modern hospice
  • St Christopher’s is a registered charity
  • It costs £21 million each year to maintain our services.  All our services to patients and families are free
  • We need to fundraise £15 million every year
  • We provide care and support for people across the 5 London boroughs of Bromley, Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark
  • St Christopher’s has 581 paid staff working across our sites and in the community
  • We have over 1,150 amazing volunteers
  • We have 19 high street shops across South East London, staffed largely by volunteers
  • We had over 2.2 million items donated to our shops last year
  • Our extensive day care services include specialist clinical care, as well as supportive care services and creative and complementary therapies
  • Our Anniversary Centre offers day and outpatient services and is also open to the public
  • We have a specialist lymphoedema service based at St Christopher’s Bromley, Caritas House
  • St Christopher’s has set up a care coordination service in Bromley, called Bromley Care Coordination, which aims to ensure that more people who are at the end of life experience a seamless service, integrating health and social care
  • St Christopher’s was awarded the prestigious Conrad Hilton Humanitarian Prize in 2001, presented by Kofi Annan

Our care in 2016

  • We provided care and support for over 6,000 people
  • Our inpatient unit provided skilled and compassionate care for 757 people
  • The total out of hours call received from patients was 9,755
  • Our Personal Care team delivered a total of 42,613 hours of care 
  • We delivered 6,166 sessions of rehabilitation
  • We welcomed 13,108 people to our Centres
  • 74% of our patients died in a place of their choice
  • Our Candle Project supported around 2,129 children and families and young people from across south east London
  • Our Care Home Project Team worked with around 100 nursing care homes supporting staff developing end of life skills


  • St Christopher’s is one of the largest providers of palliative care education in the world
  • In 2017, over 2,000 people came to our education sessions
  • St Christopher’s is committed to an ongoing programme of research, directed at improving care for patients and those close to them
  • In 2016 we worked with 30 countries
  • We estimate that we reach around 4,000 people globally every year
  • Our library houses a unique collection of material on all aspects of palliative care, death and bereavement, as well as material by and about Dame Cicely Saunders
  • Our bookshop offers nearly 200 items, including a section on bereavement, books for children and books discussing issues around death and dying
  • St Christopher’s trains medical students from King’s College London and St George’s Hospital Medical Schools
  • St Christopher’s Schools Project works with schools to change attitudes and dispel myths around death and dying

Our shops in numbers

St Christopher's shops in numbers