St Christopher's - more than just a hospice

Will you help Sarah stay at home this Christmas?

St Christopher's - more than just a hospice

Will you help Sarah stay at home this Christmas?

Donate today

Please give what you can so we can help families like Sarah’s stay together at home this Christmas and throughout the year. Thank you.

Donate today

Please give what you can so we can help families like Sarah’s stay together at home this Christmas and throughout the year. Thank you.

Sarah is very sick and wants to make the most of the time she has left with her family. Her one wish this year is to spend her last Christmas at home with them.

We're building a new Learning Hub to help people like Sarah spend their final days at home, by teaching families how to care for their loved ones where they are most comfortable.

Read Sarah’s story to find out how our Learning Hub will help her and her family to spend a magical Christmas together at home.

Sarah wakes up on Christmas Day. She needs help from her husband Matthew to get out of bed so she can sit and watch her children open their presents.

Sarah wakes up on Christmas Day. She needs help from her husband Matthew to get out of bed so she can sit and watch her children open their presents.

Matthew thinks that the best way to help Sarah out of bed is to lift her. As he tries, he injures his back and is in so much pain a friend has to take him to hospital. He cannot look after Sarah and the children have to go to stay with family. An emergency carer is called to sit with Sarah.

Or with our help...

Through the Learning Hub, Matthew has been shown how to move Sarah properly, using equipment provided, so he doesn’t injure himself or cause her pain. He is able to help Sarah get out of bed safely and into her favourite chair. The children are excited to open their presents in front of their mum and dad.

Sarah’s illness means she isn’t very hungry, but she wants to share Christmas Dinner with her family. She wants to eat a small portion of all her favourite things but needs her family to help feed her.

Sarah’s illness means she isn’t very hungry, but she wants to share Christmas Dinner with her family. She wants to eat a small portion of all her favourite things but needs her family to help feed her.

Sarah’s family haven’t been shown practical skills like how to feed someone who has difficulty swallowing. They try their best but Sarah begins to choke. An ambulance is called and Sarah takes several days to recover in hospital.

Or with our help...

Matthew has been shown how to feed someone safely through the Learning Hub and has shown his children how to help, so they feel confi dent helping Mum to eat. They enjoy Christmas dinner together, wearing paper crowns and telling each other bad cracker jokes.

In all the excitement of playing with her children and their new toys, Sarah becomes breathless - a common symptom of her illness.

In all the excitement of playing with her children and their new toys, Sarah becomes breathless - a common symptom of her illness.

Sarah’s breathlessness worries her family, who crowd around her and become distressed, causing Sarah to panic to making her symptoms even worse. No one knows what to do and the family call an ambulance to take Sarah to hospital, where she stays until Boxing Day.

With our help...

Through the Learning Hub, Matthew and Sarah received training about how to recognise and manage common symptons like breathlessness at home. When Sarah becomes breathless, they all stay calm and help Sarah to bring her breathlessness under control.

Support our Learning Hub

Please give what you can so we can help families like Sarah’s stay together at home this Christmas and throughout the year. Thank you.

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Special thanks to...

Businesses supporting the Learning Hub

CHP
"CHP are proud to sponsor the St Christopher’s festive appeal. The work that our local hospice has achieved over the last 50 years has been incredible. It is an honour to be able to support their new Learning Hub so they can train even more families and carers about end of life care techniques. We hope that your wonderful work continues to support local people at home for years to come."

The Castle Hayes Pursey LLP Partners and Team

Pedder
"St Christopher’s is local to us and we are proud to contribute towards the world class Learning Hub, which will provide invaluable education opportunities and share St Christopher’s expert knowledge in our community. Supporting this project features very highly in our Community Promise activities of which we are very proud."

Chief Executive Alex Pedder