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St Christopher’s in numbers

Our year in numbers

Our Year in numbers 2019

St Christopher's

  • Founded by Dame Cicely Saunders in 1967 St Christopher’s is widely recognised as the first modern hospice
  • St Christopher’s is a registered charity
  • It costs £21 million each year to maintain our services.  All our services to patients and families are free
  • We need to fundraise £16 million every year
  • We provide care and support for people across the 5 London boroughs of Bromley, Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark
  • St Christopher’s has 572 paid staff working across our sites and in the community
  • We have over 1,350 amazing volunteers
  • We have 23 high street shops across South East London, staffed largely by volunteers
  • We had over 2.4 million items donated to our shops last year
  • Our extensive day care services include specialist clinical care, as well as supportive care services and creative and complementary therapies
  • Our Anniversary Centre offers day and outpatient services and is also open to the public
  • St Christopher’s was awarded the prestigious Conrad Hilton Humanitarian Prize in 2001, presented by Kofi Annan.


  • St Christopher’s is one of the largest providers of palliative care education in the world
  • In 2018, over 2,200 people came to our education events
  • St Christopher’s is committed to an ongoing programme of research, directed at improving care for patients and those close to them
  • In 2018 we worked with 31 countries
  • We estimate that we reach around 4,000 people globally every year
  • Our library houses a unique collection of material on all aspects of palliative care, death and bereavement, as well as material by and about Dame Cicely Saunders
  • Our bookshop offers nearly 200 items, including a section on bereavement, books for children and books discussing issues around death and dying
  • St Christopher’s trains medical students from King’s College London and St George’s Hospital Medical Schools
  • St Christopher’s Summer School Programme works with local schools to change attitudes and dispel myths around death and dying and to provide experience of working in a health and social care setting.