Our vision and ambitions

Our ambitions

Our Ambitions

Our values

Our Values

Our year in numbers

Our Year in numbers

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 £23 million each year to maintain our services.  All our services to patients and families are free
  • We need to fundraise £15 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 602 paid staff working across our sites and in the community (including bank staff)
  • We have 1200 amazing volunteers
  • We have 26 high street shops across South East London, staffed largely by volunteers
  • 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 2019/20 over 2,054 people attended one of 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 2019/20 we worked with 27 countries
  • 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.