Care
We welcomed our first patient on 13 July 1967

1967

We welcomed our first patient on 13 July 1967.

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Care
You matter because you are you and you matter to the end of your life

1969

In 1969, Dr Mary Baines pioneered the first home care team taking St Christopher's care and philosophy out into the community.

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Education
RH Princess Alexandra opened our Education Centre in 1973

1973

HRH Princess Alexandra opened our Education Centre in 1973. Since it’s opening, over 100,000 people have studied with us and we have offered over 5,000 courses.

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International conference

1984

The St Christopher's international conference held in 1984 had 200 delegates with representatives from 28 countries

The St Christopher's international conference held in 1984 had 200 delegates with representatives from 28 countries.

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Charity shop

1986

The first hospice charity shop was opened in West Wickham

In 1986, the first hospice charity shop was opened in West Wickham.

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Fun walk

1990

423 walkers took part in our first Fun Walk on 6 May 1990. They raised £29,000.

423 walkers took part in our first Fun Walk on 6 May 1990. They raised £29,000.

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Volunteers

1998

Volunteers contributed 2,552 hours each week to the hospice

Volunteers contributed 2,552 hours each week to the hospice - the equivalent of 72 paid people. St Christopher's is currently supported by over 1,200 volunteers.

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Candle Project

1999

Our specialist Child Candle Bereavement Service was launched in 1999

Our specialist Child Candle Bereavement Service was launched in 1999. The Service offers counselling for children and young people as well as training and advice.

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Candle Project

2001

St Christopher’s Hospice received the Conrad N Hilton Humanitarian Prize

In 2001 St Christopher’s Hospice received the Conrad N Hilton Humanitarian Prize – the world’s largest humanitarian award. This was presented by Kofi Annan.

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Dame Cicely Saunders died peacefully

2005

Dame Cicely Saunders died peacefully at St Christopher’s on Thursday 14 July 2005.

Dame Cicely Saunders died peacefully at St Christopher's on Thursday 14 July 2005.

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Anniversary Centre opened

2009

Our Anniversary Centre was officially opened

Our Anniversary Centre was officially opened by HRH Princess Alexandra. Open 7 days a week the Centre supports around 150 patients, families and friends every day.

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Pilgrim Room

2010

Our Pilgrim Room

Our Pilgrim Room, a place for quiet meditation and prayer, was opened. It is a space for all to use, regardless of faith.

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Namaste

2011

Namaste project

In 2011, we introduced our Namaste project. This project aims to improve the quality of life of people living with dementia.

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Midnight Walk

2012

Midnight Walk

Our 2012 Midnight Walk raised an impressive £50,000 with 400 people taking part.

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Harris HospisCare

2013

Harris HospisCare merged with St Christopher's

Harris HospisCare merged with St Christopher's in October 2013. When first founded in 1984 Dame Cicely supported the development of Harris HospisCare.

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Midnight Walk

Looking forward

Our new Learning Hub

In our 50th anniversary year we are creating something that means generations to come will benefit from the care of St Christopher's. Our new Learning Hub, which will be technologically equipped with flexible spaces, will enable us to train many more people both here and around the world.

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In 50 years we have cared for 55,000 patients
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