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Learning Hub update

Help us to help local carers with our brand new Learning Hub

Gladys and Barry, Living Well at Home

Living Well at Home

Our Living Well at Home service helps people to remain independent, achieve their goals and improve their lives


Jarmila’s story

Jarmila shares her experiences of caring for her mum and dad

Stuart’s story

Stuart is the Principal of the BRIT School who work closely with St Christopher's


Mwandida and Daria’s stories

How international students are gaining new skills from our education programme

The Mandish Family’s story

"It's just what I needed; respite from it all and the chance to chat to other people"

Renowned dementia specialist to collaborate with St Christopher’s

Michael Verde, founder of Memory Bridge, will be working with the hospice to improve support for people with dementia

Kay Sewell Twilight Walk

The hospice nursed all of us, not just our dad

Kay Sewell, mum of two from Eltham, explains why she's taking part in Twilight Walk on 29 September 2018

Help St Christopher’s become Charity of the Year

Voting is now open for the JustGiving Charity of the Year Award and we need your help to get St Christopher’s to the top spot!

Support our Learning Hub!

Find out about our ambitious plans and recent groundbreaking ceremony

Womad 2018

Achievements 2018

Find out what we’ve been up to so far this year

Living and dying with Pride

We were thrilled to take part in the joyful Pride in London Parade along with six other London hospices

The ride of a lifetime

One supporter, Darren, embarks on his second cycling challenge for the hospice - find out how you can join him

Calling all bargain hunters!

St Christopher’s shops have something for everyone - read all about our latest finds

Volunteer Awards 2018

Volunteering at St Christopher’s

An amazing 1,350 people volunteer at St Christopher's

Sabina, pictured with St Christopher’s Healthcare Assistant, Lisa and Nurse, Ruth

Twilight Walk

St Christopher’s is teaming up with Greenwich and Bexley Community Hospice, to put on a spectacular sponsored Twilight Walk and we hope you’ll join us!

Christmas Market

Christmas Market

Get festive with us on Saturday 24 November

Diane's story

Diane’s story

Diane Roberts talks about how the Learning Hub will benefit others who have become carers like her

Helma’s Story

Helma’s husband, Martin, received support from St Christopher’s before his death in March 2017

Mike’s story

Paramedic Mike attended our QELCA (Quality End of Life Care for All) course

Emily’s Story

Emily’s father, Richard, died at St Christopher’s in April 2018

A day in the life of…Isabel

Isabel has been a nurse for over fourteen years and cares for patients living in Lewisham

Remembering with St Christopher’s 2018

Join us to remember your loved ones at this special time of year

Transatlantic Traffords

The Transatlantic Traffords

Father and sons take on 3,000 mile rowing challenge to support hospice

Womad 2018

The fun of the festival!

Our Young Adults Group headed off for their annual summer festival trip to WOMAD

St Christopher’s Food Festival: A taste of summer

Our fabulous Food Festival was a huge success, raising a phenomenal £26,000

St Christopher’s Ground-breaking day for new Learning Hub

Building work starts on our international education centre to improve end of life care for all

Couple help the hospice raise £150,000

Philip and his wife Maureen open up their garden to raise money for St Christopher's

The gift that keeps on giving

11-year-old Scarlett gives up her birthday presents to raise money for the hospice

Pedal Power

12-year-old Annabel cycles from home to hospice in memory of her granny

Holly and Belinda

A friend for life

Holly and Belinda talk about how their friendship started in the smoking shelter at St Christopher's

Local family hit a hole in one for St Christopher’s

The Cowden Family raise £18,800 in memory of father and husband, Ali Cowden

Debbie and William’s story

William, aged six: “I like to do the walk with my family and friends to raise money for St Christopher’s because my mummy died there and the money will help to look after other people and buy equipment to help them”

Remembering David Buckley

A dedicated and enthusiastic volunteer, who inspired others to make a difference by offering their support


"Some of the best days have been the fun days for children. It’s nice for them to hang out with other children who have all been through some sort of loss, but don’t treat them differently"

For me and many others, St Christopher’s is somewhere to come to live, not to die

Richard Carter is 52 and has lived in Orpington all his life. In 2016 he was diagnosed with a brain tumour, and began coming to St Christopher’s in April 2017

Connections Spring 2018 is now available online

Our supporter newsletter is packed full of information and updates on what's going on at St Christopher's

Remembering with St Christopher’s

We would like to thank you everyone who came along to our remembrance services this year

Registration for Moonlight Walk is closing soon!

Sign up now for a fantastic night in support of St Christopher's bereavement services

Grand Christmas Raffle tickets and Christmas cards now on sale

Win a car in our Grand Christmas Raffle! Tickets are £1 each

Petts Wood Runners Club

Petts Wood Runners

Petts Wood Runners has raised an incredible £49,666 for St Christopher's over the last 10 years

William Norris

Will’s Story

"He was allowed to pass away with dignity and pain free – this is the greatest gift you can give to the family of a terminally ill loved one"

Charlotte Smith’s story

"St Christopher's was our beacon of hope"

Connections Winter 2017 is now available online

Our supporter newsletter is packed full of information and updates on what's going on at St Christopher's

Find Peace of Mind through Will Week

St Christopher's Hospice invites everyone to find peace of mind by writing a will this September

Shelagh’s story

"When I walk into here, it is like a different world"

Open Up Hospice Care

St Christopher's joins national campaign to widen access to end of life care

St Christopher’s Goes Green

On 5 June it was World Environment Day and, in the spirit of all things green, we decided to explore all the things we’re doing as an organisation to reduce waste, maintain efficiency and look after our environment

Auction of Promises a huge success

Auction night raises over £35,000 for St Christopher's

Fun Walk - 14 May 2017

Stepping up for St Christopher’s

Watch our video celebrating our incredible Fun Walkers

Award winning garden joins our Open Gardens festival

"Greenwich in Bloom" award winning garden in Eltham is not to be missed

St Christopher’s Lambeth Palace Tea Party promises a majestic afternoon

Join us to celebrate our 50th anniversary at Lambeth Palace

Poppy Adams runs 10km in memory of her grandad Bill

Poppy Adams, aged 11, from Nunhead, ran a 10km run in memory of her grandad Bill, who died last year and had been an outpatient at St Christopher’s


Donna: “I’m walking for my dad”

Back in 2015, Donna took part in the Fun Walk with 20 family and friends for her father. She's taking part again this year, walking for her dad. Here is Donna's story.

Conference series launches with “50 years of education”

How key aspects of hospice service delivery have evolved over the past five decades

Stefanie’s story

"Coming to the Summer School was a real eye-opener for me. We spent time talking about death and the stigma around it; it made me realise how important it was not to be afraid to talk openly about dying."


Marva Murray’s story

"I’ve never had to tell St Christopher’s carers what to do - it’s just done."

Steven and Andrew’s story

"Getting married was really important to us. Once we did it, it felt like we’d always been married and it definitely felt like the right thing to do."

Alan, Craig and Julie

Julie Muir’s story

"It was so amazing to spend time like that as a family during the worst time of my life. Even our dog was able to visit!"

Fly Away: Fund Raising for St. Christopher’s

Peter Marsh's beautiful song is about coming to terms with bereavement

Take on a challenge for 2017

If your New Year's resolution is to take on a challenge, then we've got plenty of suggestions to help you get going

Connections: News, stories and dates for your diary

The Winter 2016/7 issue of our supporter magazine is now available to read online

St Christopher’s on ITV

ITV London News visited the hospice to speak to staff and patients all about the parade

Gina Dyer’s story

"Every time I think of St Christopher's it always brings a warm feeling in my heart"

Saying it loud and clear

Arts Team Lead, Tamsin Dives, reflects on the creation of 'The Living Years': hopefully topping the chart this Christmas!

A fun day to fundraise!

Keith and Anastasia have supported St Christopher's for many years providing accommodation for people travelling to London for one of our many Education courses, conferences or seminars that we hold each year.

Laughter truly is the best medicine

"Joan was at the helm, and Sarah and I just did what we were told!"

Join in and celebrate our 50th anniversary throughout 2017

Find out what's happening for our celebrations and how you can get involved

The Autumn 2016 edition of Connections is now out

Our popular supporters newsletter is now available to read online

Maureen Lipman nominates Dame Cicely Saunders for “Great Lives”

Listen to Maureen Lipman on Dame Cicely Saunders as part of the Radio 4 series

Julia France’s story

"When you lose a loved one you have a blanket of sadness and people become trapped in it. I’ve let the love that I have for Sadie breathe"

Theresa Geldart’s story

"When you first hear the word hospice you do get a bit panicky but they reassure you and they’re not just there for end of life care - they’re there all the time"

Grand Summer Raffle raises £41,500 for St Christopher’s

Mrs Joy Lever celebrates winning first prize of a £2,000 Virgin Gift Card

See SLiDE Dance artists perform “Dancing at the Edges” at St Christopher’s Hospice

Part of our Living, Loving and Dying series of events, talks, readings and debate exploring end of life care

Off Road Moped Race for Mum

Off Road Moped Race for Mum

Frankie Carlton took on a challenge of his own – a 5 hour moped race - in memory of his mum

Gillian Dickinson’s story

"I wanted Alan to be a part of this tribute and of St Christopher’s and this way he always will be"

Gareth ‘Gazza’ Forge’s story

Gareth Forge and his friends have got everyone jiving their way to raising over £4,000 for St Christopher’s

Ollie’s story

"As soon as Mum was admitted, we all knew that she would be very well looked after; nothing was ever too much trouble for the staff"

Stefanie’s experiences of working at St Christopher’s

Stefanie is a 20 year old nursing student who was inspired to pursue a career in palliative care after coming to St Christopher’s Summer School when she was just 16

St Christopher’s to feature on The Sally Army and Me

St Christopher’s features in the final episode of Paul O’Grady’s documentary series, ‘The Sally Army and Me’ on BBC One at 6pm on Sunday 1 May.

Wunmi Oyemade’s story

Wunmi Oyemade, from Nunhead, has been visiting the Anniversary Centre in Sydenham since 2012

Laura is going the extra mile in April for St Christopher’s and her sister

We’re delighted to introduce one of our intrepid Virgin Money London Marathon runners – Laura Keeler

Hannah Masson-Smyth

Hannah Masson-Smyth’s story

Hannah volunteered for over two years with St Christopher’s and was able to combine her musical talents with her CSV role

Climbing obstacles for St Christopher’s

Collette Byford and her team of 13 are taking part in a 5k Colour Obstacle Rush in Kempton Park Race Course on 28th May in memory of her father, Michael O’Grady.

Jackie Lewington’s story

St Christopher’s patient, Jackie Lewington, and her mother Jean Smith, have come together to form a dream team in making and selling knitted Easter bunnies and chicks to raise money for our hospice

Ann Cantore

Ann Cantore’s story

Ann is retiring from volunteering with us at 92 years young

Recycled bikes for sale in our high street shops

Recycled bikes for sale at our Locksbottom, Petts Wood and Dulwich shops

What’s next for our Living, Loving and Dying series?

We’ve got an exciting programme of events coming up for the Living, Loving and Dying series this year

St Christopher’s Grand Christmas Raffle prize winner collects his brand new car

Peter Kendall, of Beckenham, was the delighted winner of St Christopher’s Grand Christmas Raffle, drawn on 16 December 2016

M&G supported our lymphoedema clinic at Caritas House

At the end of 2014 M&G contacted St Christopher’s wanting to support one of our projects. They chose to support the Bromley Lymphoedema Clinic, based at Caritas House, by helping cover the cost of the equipment needs and pledged a grant of £6,618.

Junior Doctors’ strike

Following a breakdown in talks with government, the British Medical Association (BMA) has organised national strike action which is planned to take place on Tuesday 12 January, Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 January and Wednesday 10 February

Fundraising events round-up: thank you to all our amazing St Christopher’s volunteers and supporters

So much has happened to tell you about since our last edition of Connections. Whether a fundraising event is large or small, we appreciate every single penny that you raise towards helping us provide our end of life care – thank you! Here are some highlights to enjoy

Help create a special photo mosaic of our founder Dame Cicely Saunders

In 2017 we will be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of St Christopher’s and want to create a photo mosaic of Dame Cicely – but we need your help

Thanks Day Lewis Pharmacies

Thank you M&S Bromley for making us your charity of the year

M&S Bromley chose St Christopher’s as their local charity of the year in July 2015 and have helped us achieve so much

Helping patients to get fighting fit at our pop-up gym sessions

It’s January and lots of us are thinking about healthy lifestyles and returning to the gym. Read our four inspirational stories about some of our patients who attend our regular pop-up gym sessions based at Caritas House

Thank you M&S Bromley for making us your charity of the year

M&S Bromley chose St Christopher’s as their local charity of the year in July 2015 and have helped us achieve so much

Ann’s story: how St Christopher’s helped her deal with grief

Ann contacted the Bereavement Service three months after her husband died, after less than a year of caring for him. She now lives alone and has supportive neighbours and a daughter who lives nearby, but Bill was ‘her rock’ and always knew what to do.

Thank you one and all for your fantastic support over the past year

All our supporters, young or old, individuals or companies, foundations or trusts help enable our vision of a world in which all dying people and those close to them have access to appropriate care and support, when and where they need it

St Christopher’s Shop Wars

St Christopher’s Shop Wars came to our local high streets in September and October

Celebrating high educational standards in health care

Congratulations to Grace Houghton (pictured), who was one of the first students to have completed The Care Certificate (Cavendish) – our newly created course

From our Joint Chief Executives

We’d like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy New Year

St Christopher’s welcomes new NICE guidance

St Christopher’s welcomes the new NICE guidance entitled ‘Care of dying adults in the last days of life’

Natalie Wimpress

Natalie Wimpress’ story

Natalie is a Health Care Assistant based in the hospice

Chris Mangar's story

Chris Mangar’s story

Chris is a Clinical Nurse Specialist based in the community

Clever engineering skills help one of our young adults write and draw again

Volunteer Dave Perry has used his engineering background to give one member of the Young Adults Group a chance to express himself

Diane’s story

Diane, along with her family and friends, fundraises for St Christopher's through holding coffee mornings and their "Annual Open Day"

Fundraising Story – Craig Muir’s family and friends

Craig's Day Summer Football Tournament

Kieran Morgan’s sisters

Sisters Geraldine, Lisa and Sarah’s October Dinner and Dance in memory of their brother Kieran Morgan raised over £32,000. This is their inspirational story.


"Team Bapou" took on the "Trek Fest" challenge - a trek 54 miles across the Brecon Beacons in South Wales - in memory of their Bapou Antonis

Becky and Georgie’s Kilimanjaro story

Becky and Georgie from the St Christopher’s Fundraising Team successfully climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. This is their story.

Anniversary Centre volunteer Firoz

Volunteer Story: Firoz Karmali

Firoz Karmali has been a patient-facing hospice volunteer for four years, but his association first began back in 2007 when his wife Susan was referred to Harris HospisCare

City and Guilds Qualifications from St Christopher’s

Did you know St Christopher’s education is celebrating its first year as a City and Guilds qualification centre?

Anniversary Centre

Reflections on the St Christopher’s Community Choir

A reflection by choir leader and St Christopher’s Arts Therapist, Tamsin Dives, April 2015

Our Midnight Walk on Saturday 10 October drew over 300 walkers out into the night to raise an estimated £30,000 for Candle

St Christopher’s annual Midnight Walk on Saturday 10 October drew over 300 walkers out into the night to raise an estimated £30,000 for the Candle project, which supports bereaved children, young people and families from across South East London

St Christopher’s welcomes Minister’s visit

St Christopher's was delighted to welcome Ben Gummer MP, Under Secretary of State for Care Quality, to the hospice on Wednesday 30 September 2015

Local businesses compete in the first ever Shop Wars to raise money for St Christopher’s

During September local businesses accepted St Christopher’s challenge to take over one of its charity shops for the day

Joint Chief Executive Heather Richardson appointed Honorary Professor in the International Observatory on End of Life Care at Lancaster University

St Christopher’s is pleased to announce that Joint Chief Executive Heather Richardson has been appointed Honorary Professor in the International Observatory on End of Life Care at Lancaster University.

Recognition for St Christopher’s at the International Journal of Palliative Nursing Awards

St Christopher’s was delighted to be invited to attend the International Journal of Palliative Nursing Awards (IJPN) award ceremony in the City of London on 14 September 2015

Dennis and Janet’s story

Over more than seven years, friends Janet Clements, 65, and Dennis Croton, 77, have become absolutely indispensable to us

Volunteer Sandy Carter

Sandy Carter’s story

In 1985, Sandy Carter saw an advert in her local paper, The Mercury, for gardening volunteers at St Christopher’s Hospice in Sydenham

Volunteer Susan Vosper

Susan Vosper’s story

We caught up with one of our volunteers Susan Vosper, who has volunteered at St Christopher’s for the last ten months