Help people like Rebecca this Christmas

Home for Christmas
with St Christopher’s help

Rebecca is 44 and living with a terminal diagnosis of breast cancer which has spread to her brain. She has one goal: to be independent this Christmas.

Rebecca is 44 and living with a terminal diagnosis of breast cancer which has spread to her brain. She also has a learning disability.

Rebecca first came into contact with St Christopher’s three months ago and we have been helping her with troubling symptoms of breathlessness and decreasing mobility as well as supporting Rebecca and her family with their fears about her illness.

Rebecca’s greatest wish is to remain mobile for as long as possible so that she can get out of her home and continue to be independent.

Rebecca says:

“The community nurses from St Christopher’s have helped me so much; increasing my confidence and supporting me with medications to improve how I feel.

I also see the Physiotherapy Team who have shown me techniques to control my breathlessness and strengthen my legs so I’m able to walk to places I wasn’t able to before.

I love to get out and feel fresh air on my face. St Christopher’s have changed my life and I honestly don’t know what I’d do without them.”

Nigel Dodds, a Consultant Nurse in St Christopher’s Community Team, is co-ordinating care for Rebecca and her complex medical needs. Nigel and his team will help Rebecca to achieve her goals and get as much as possible out of life; preparing for every eventuality so she can stay at home for Christmas.

Nigel says:

“Most people prefer to be in their homes rather than in hospital. Being at home helps people to maintain their normal routines, and be with the people they want to be with. It can also help people to feel more at ease, especially if they know they have expert professionals, like our team at St Christopher’s on hand.

Over Christmas, like every other day of the year, we have a team of nurses who work 24 hours a day, to support people in their own homes. This includes visiting patients and families who are distressed at any time – day or night.”

This Christmas Rebecca plans to wake up in her own home, walk with her Mum Bridie to church and then come to the social centre at St Christopher’s to have Christmas lunch with her Mum and other patients and families.

Rebecca says:

“On Christmas Day I would like nothing more than to see everyone at St Christopher’s; they make Mum and I feel so welcome; St Christopher’s has been my lifeline.”

There are many more patients, like Rebecca, needing the help of St Christopher’s Community Team, who provide care around the clock, every day of the year.

Please consider donating this year to help Rebecca, and many other local people like her, stay at home with friends, family and in familiar surroundings this Christmas.

Will you give this special gift this Christmas time?

With support from people like you Rebecca can make the most of the precious time she has left with her family and friends

Donate to our Christmas Appeal

From all of us at St Christopher’s, we thank you for your past generous support and wish you and your family a very Happy Christmas and New Year.

Best wishes,

Penny Hansford




Penny Hansford
Director of Nursing

How your donation helps

How your donation to the Christmas appeal will help people like Rebecca and her family and friends:

  • £10 will provide the oils for a relaxing aromatherapy massage for a patient
  • £25 means that a nurse can visit a patient in their home
  • £50 will buy the books for a nurse needs to continue their knowledge and understanding
  • £100 means that a bereaved child can receive help and support from St Christopher’s Candle Project
  • £500 keeps our ambulances on the road meaning that patients can come to the hospice to take part in social and therapeutic activities
  • £1,000 will buy a syringe driver which will ensure medication is delivered quickly and comfortably to help ease the pain at the end of a patient’s life, so that they are able to make the most of the time they have with family and friends.

Donate to our Christmas Appeal