4 August 2023

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Join us to Remember with Ribbons this summer

Ribbons 2022

Join our colourful display of remembrance and dedicate a ribbon in memory

Hundreds of people will come together at St Christopher’s Hospice this month to remember people they love who have died.

We’re inviting the community to pay tribute to loved ones with a display of colourful ribbons at our annual Remembering with Ribbons events.

The community are invited to hang their ribbons on the tree at Caritas House, Orpington on 16 August or at the main hospice site in Sydenham on 17 August.

Wendy McMahon with Ribbons

The ribbons will have the names of those they are dedicated in memory of written on them. Anyone wishing to dedicate a ribbon can do so online at or by phoning our fundraising team on 020 8768 4575.

Wendy McMahon, an Occupational Therapist at St Christopher’s, dedicates a ribbon each year in memory of her husband Glenn who died in 2015.

She said: “Remembering with Ribbons is a really positive thing to do. Obviously I remember Glenn all the time, but joining with others who are grieving is really important too. There is a unity between people that have lost loved ones. Things like this, little by little, help you learn to live with it.

“The ribbon dancing around in the breeze on the tree of ribbons reminds me of the energetic, vital person Glenn was. It also gives me the chance to help support other patients at St Christopher’s with a gift.”

She added: “I get great joy remembering the times we had, Glenn and I. There are seasons in your life and that was one of the seasons of my life, and probably one of the best seasons.”

Ribbons 2022
Photo by Rachel Manns

Rachel Hedley, Legacy and in Memory Manager at St Christopher’s, said: “Our colourful and vibrant Remembering with Ribbons events is always so heart warming as hundreds of people from across South London come into our beautiful gardens to celebrate loved ones who have died.”

“By remembering your loved one you are also supporting the hospice and helping us to provide care for someone else and their family and friends at the end of life.”

:: To dedicate a ribbon or to find out more visit or call the hospice fundraising team on 020 8768 4575.

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