Patient Story: Wunmi Oyemade

Wunmi Oyemade, from Nunhead, has been visiting the Anniversary Centre in Sydenham since 2012. Aged 50, four years ago Wunmi contracted a rare and incurable condition which has now confined her to a wheelchair.

“I was reluctant about coming to St Christopher’s, but eventually I was admitted to the inpatient ward for two weeks because I was really struggling with the side effects of my medication and had a very low mood. The staff helped me to adjust my medication so that I felt much better, and the physio team suggested that I try a tens machine to manage the pain that I was in, which was really effective and is something that I have carried-on with at home.

Once I got back home again I started coming to St Christopher’s every week on a Wednesday. Initially I just went to the gym and then tended to sit on my own but gradually, the nurses introduced me to other patients and I became more involved and started to enjoy talking to others. You meet some really nice people here; from all walks of life. It’s just lovely to be able to talk and listen to people. Plus, I get my nails done here every week!

“Using the gym really benefits me. I spend three hours exercising which makes me feel better and because I’m in a wheelchair, I can use the specialised equipment to help keep flexibility and movement in my legs.

Wunmi finishes, “Coming here makes such a difference. It gets me out of the house and talking to people, and I always tell my friends on Facebook that I’m coming here! If you come to St Christopher’s you’ll be surprised by all that goes on and all that you can do.

“I can’t do the Bluebell Walk, but if you can, you’d be supporting people like me to get more out of life.”

About the Bluebell Walk

All routes on the walk start and finish at Cudham Recreation Ground and there are refreshment stops en-route at Downe and Halstead village halls.  The routes are clearly sign-posted with wonderful volunteer marshals on hand to give any advice or encouragement.

It’s free to join the walk if registered in advance, and walkers are asked to secure sponsorship to enable St Christopher’s to keep providing expert and compassionate end of life care and family care services free of charge, across Bromley, Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark.  If walkers pledge to fundraise £50 or more, they can claim a free limited edition Bluebell Walk t-shirt!

Walkers can start the walk at Cudham Recreation Ground, Cudham Lane South, Kent, TN14 7QB from 9am until 2pm (but the last recommended set-off time for the longer seven or nine mile routes is 12pm).

 For information or to register for the walk please contact the Bluebell Walk team on 01689 892 982 or on online at www.stchristophers.org.uk/bluebell