Stories from St Christopher’s

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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

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

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

Petts Wood Runners

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

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.

Donna Burden's family and friends walking at Fun Walk 2015

Gina Dyer: “every time I think of St Christopher’s it always brings a warm feeling in my heart”

Gina has raised nearly £2,000 walking 20 miles memory of her husband, Fred

Julia France: 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

Julia France's daughter, Sadie Rance, died aged 24 in March 2015. Sadie was cared for by St Christopher's and Julia was kind enough to share their experiences with us.

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

Off Road Moped Race for Mum

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

Gillian Dickinson tells us why she submitted a photo of her husband, Alan, as part of our Dame Cicely Saunders photo mosaic project

Fundraiser Story: Gareth ‘Gazza’ Forge

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

Student Story: 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

Volunteer Story: Hannah Masson-Smyth

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

Hannah Masson-Smyth

Patient Story: Jackie Lewington

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

Volunteer Story: Ann Cantore

Ann is retiring from volunteering with us at 92 years young

Ann Cantore

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.

Staff Story: Natalie Wimpress

Natalie is a Health Care Assistant based in the hospice

Staff Story: Chris Mangar

Chris is a Clinical Nurse Specialist based in the community

Chris Mangar

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

Fundraising Story – Diane

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

Fundraising Story – 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.

Challenge Story – Trekfest

"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

Challenge Story – Kilimanjaro

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

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

Reflections on the St Christopher’s Community Choir

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

Volunteer Story: Janet and Dennis

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

Volunteer Story: Sandy Carter

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

Volunteer Sandy Carter

Volunteer Story: Susan Vosper

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

Volunteer Susan Vosper