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News, stories and information from St Christopher's

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QELCA® leaves the nest!

On 1st April 2024 the ownership and intellectual property of the QELCA® programme officially passed to me, Liz Bryan. This is a significant ‘coming of age’ moment for QELCA® and the international community of QELCA® providers. 

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Abi and Alfie’s story

Baby Alfie provides a new focus for mum Abi as well as a permanent reminder of her own mum Margaret.

Panna

Panna’s story

"With everyone’s support and help I can be strong and I can die in my own house."

Richard’s story

Railway enthusiast Richard Howe on track to stay at home with support from St Christopher’s

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Gabby’s Story

How Gabby changed her look to both honour her loved ones and support St Christopher's

Lottery Winner Eileen Smith & Carefree at Clairleigh

Eileen’s story

Retired cost accountant knows true value of hospice

Farah Demachkieh

Redefining professional identity; a journey of self-reflection and reconciliation

Farah Demachkieh, Head of Quality, Research and Development at SANAD Hospice Lebanon, looks back at her career and her professional identity

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My fantasy funeral would be a celebration with 80s party food

Nicholas from our Communications team shares his fantasy funeral

Housekeeper Tracey Cooke holds her chiuahaha Casey in St Christopher's Education Building

A day in the life of a hospice housekeeper

Tracey from our Housekeeping team tells us about her role at the hospice

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Alan’s story of getting to France for the Rugby World Cup

We helped Alan get to the Rugby World Cup in 2023

Compassionate Neighbours

Meet your compassionate neighbours

Compassionate neighbours connect with someone at home to help people feel supported and part of the community.

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Collaborating with Communities: Transforming End of Life Experiences Together

Seeing communities and people outside healthcare as having a role to play at the end of life doesn’t mean our clinical colleagues should feel threatened. In fact, we’ll all do better if we collaborate together and learn from each other and what people are already doing in the broader death system.

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Responding to Marie Cooper “Do you feel safe in our care?” 

Marie’s article resonated with me. As an inpatient 6 years ago, I still remember there were times when I felt vulnerable and unsafe in my experience of care, which is something Marie expressed as a feature of her care. I use Marie’s own reflections as a reference.

Kate Wilson

Kate Wilson’s Blog

The latest update from our Advanced Clinical Practitioner and Nurse Consultant Development programme

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Gail’s marathon story

Multiple motivations will keep physio Gail running

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The Case for Contemplative Care: We are all in this together

I’m eternally grateful to all who took part in that conference, for prompting me to think about the kind of person I’d welcome at my bedside, when my own life eventually ebbs out its little day.

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Specialist heart failure nurse proves success of integrated approach

Find out how St Christopher’s pioneering approach to palliative care for heart failure patients is improving their quality of life and reducing hospital admissions

Mother’s Day Reflection

Hear from Pippa, who reflects about her mum who has advanced dementia.

London Marathon runner Connor Norris

Connor’s marathon story

Broken leg won’t stop Connor running marathon

Chloe and Tracie’s story

Mother and daughter take on the London Marathon challenge for St Christopher's

Marathon Runner Poppy Younger

Poppy’s marathon story

Poppy, an interior architect from Bromley shares her training update

London Marathon runner David Shaw

Close family connections motivate marathon man David

Ties to the hospice over three generations and 50 years make run a very personal mission

My Grief is: A collective community poem

We invited patients, staff, volunteers, the bereaved and our wider community to create a collective grief poem.

Ron and Ann Talking at the 2023 Compassionate Neighbours Event

Ron and Ann’s story

A friendship that blossomed from a Compassionate Neighbours match

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LGBTQ+ History Month

This LGBTQ+ History Month, hear from Andrew who reflects on his own journey and the progress the hospice has made in addressing inequalities.

Sleep easy after writing your own Death Book

Entrepreneur creates ‘deathmin’ beating book and heated facemask to help us relax in different ways

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St Christopher’s features on BBC One’s Songs of Praise

Pam spoke to a number of staff members and several patients as part of the filming, including patient John Thrussell, from Bromley.

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Future Planning: Advance Care Planning Reconsidered

Reflections on our Future Planning conference which took place on 25 January 2024

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Debbie’s Fun Walk Story

Debbie Slaughter, a veteran when it comes to Fun Walk, shares her reasons for doing it as well as top tips for raising as much money as possible

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Helen Hayes MP opens new St Christopher’s shop

Featuring a discount power hour and VIPs, come down to our Dulwich shop opening bonanza!

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Remembering Dr Colin Murray Parkes OBE

We are sad to announce the death of Dr Colin Murray Parkes OBE, who died peacefully at home on 13 January, aged 95 years, after a short illness.

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Lottery win “felt like a gift from Charlotte”

Couple to split lottery jackpot between sponsorship of son’s marathon effort and a treat to honour daughter’s bucket list wish

Andrew Goodhead

What we mean by managing pain beyond medicine

"Sometimes that will mean medicine sits in the passenger seat while other supportive types of care take the wheel"

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The importance of caring for pain beyond medicine

We interview Mandy Bruce, a psychosocial & spiritual team lead at St Christopher's Hospice, to understand the importance of caring for pain beyond medicine, for people nearing the end of life.

William Patterson and his physiotherapist

William’s story

William has found that his physio and exercise sessions have brought a lease of life to what matters most to him

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Do you feel safe in our care?

Marie Cooper offers an insight into the Polyvagal Theory and its application to one's sense of safety

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Winter Celebration

Over 100 people braved the cold December afternoon to come together to our annual Winter Celebration in CARE (Centre for Awareness and Response to End of Life).

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Sheila’s lottery story

Sheila tells us why the lottery is a great way to remember someone.

Leonor Pacheco - a deputy ward manager at St Christopher's

It’s not unusual to be dancing on the ward

Hospices are places to make memories, says deputy ward manager, Leonor.

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Is it time to rethink advance care planning?

The way we think about Advance Care Planning (ACP) needs to be different as we look to the future.

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The power of peer support: why Mick returns to the place he thought he would die

After thinking he would die on our in-patient unit Mick now returns to St Christopher's every week for our Bereavement Help Point.

Jane Mogford at our Bereavement Help Point

Bereavement group helps young widow Jane rebuild her life

Two years after the death of her husband and bolstered by the ‘life-changing’ sessions, Jane feels able to start again - on the Isle of Wight.

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Nurse Patrick’s marathon efforts touch people’s lives

Passion for person-centred care motivates our ward manager every day.

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MND conference raises awareness of disease and importance of patients’ voice

While raising awareness was a clear aim of the event, the most striking recurring theme was the need to listen to and guide the patient while finding the right volume for their voice.

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GPNN nurses championing advancing palliative nursing

GPNN Champion Farah Demachkieh shares her inspiration and vision for the future of palliative care nursing

Cyril and Janet’s story

Read about what Cyril will never forget about his wife Janet, who died at the hospice in August 2022.

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Anne’s story

Life’s lottery convinces Anne to donate every month

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Creative connections made at a conference

Close to 100 doulas, physiotherapists, creative art therapists and clinicians packed out the St Christopher’s Centre for Awareness and Response to End of Life for the sixth Facing Death Creatively conference.

Tricia and Vee’s story

"I’ll never forget our chats on the phone". Tricia shares her special memories of her daughter, Vee.

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Frances’s story

Eighty-two year old makes friends, raises funds and finds a ‘twin’ in Orpington shop

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Waltraut’s story

Ninety three years young: Petts Wood pensioner vouches for value of volunteering

Sustainable Fashion Ambassador

Influencer Emma’s mission to make us all charity shop treasure hunters

With so many great bargains to be had, Emma can’t understand why anyone bothers buying new

Kerry and Roberto’s story

In their darkest hour Kerry and her Italian husband Roberto found a much-needed second family at St Christopher’s

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St Christopher’s nurse grateful her book was presented to Pope Francisco

Clinical Nurse Specialist Maria Aparicio explains more

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I am definitely in a better place

Providing two women with a safe space to talk about the deaths of close family members for the first time after many years, is symptomatic of the success of the Croydon Death Literacy project.

The struggle to talk about death, dying, loss & healthcare

Black History Month - Coming from a Black British Caribbean household, my family believes it is important to live life to the fullest, and that death is a normal part of life and we should embrace that we won’t be around forever.

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We’re tackling inequalities with an ambitious new strategy and look

Our new brand matches our vision for a world in which everyone has access to care and support whenever and wherever they need it.

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Mike and Marita’s story

Seventy-seven-year-old petrolhead Mike shows no sign of hitting the brakes despite raising more than £50,000 with classic car show.

Facing Death Creatively

Creative arts therapies conference brings medics and therapists together

Mandy Bruce tells us more about this fully interactive and engaging conference

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Learning to be a leader

Kate Wilson shares how she's learned that her weaknesses can be her strengths

Kay St Christopher's 2023 lottery winner

Surprise lottery win makes Kay sew happy

A win on the St Christopher's lottery has enabled a retired teacher to invest in a new pastime that’s helping sick children.

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Dying Matters at Work: Our sensitive dates calendar

For Dying Matters Week this year we focused on supporting conversations around death and dying at work, particularly for our staff and volunteers.

Viking Ship Fantasy Funeral

My fantasy funeral would be like a Viking Funeral

Our longest serving employee shares his fantasy funeral.

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Blast from the past: four decades of visits from Bernese Mountain dogs

Leslie has been bringing his Bernese Mountain dogs to the hospice since 1985

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Tom Allen: There’s so much positivity at St Christopher’s

Our ambassador speaks about his love for the hospice, his thoughts on dealing with grief, and what he imagines his own funeral to look like.

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Loss and Legacy in our community

We’re working to help members of the public and the local community to explore loss.

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A day in the life of our Learning Disability specialist nurse

As our first ever Learning Disabilities CNS, Phoebe Mooney is affecting real change across the organisation and within palliative care. She tells us all about her plans for the role.

Child Bereavement

Our top tips on speaking to children about death, dying and grief

How can I talk to children about death and grief? Honesty is the best policy…

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Connect with St Christopher’s – Autumn/Winter 2023

Explore our autumn/winter 2023 edition of Connect Magazine

Heather Richardson 2020

Why become a champion of the Global Palliative Nursing Network?

Learn with others, develop your skills and be part of the next generation of leaders.

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Save The Last Dance

Eddie’s long-held desire to surprise his wife Rita with a last dance

Rehabilitative Palliative Care

Hospice care fit for the future: a rehabilitative approach

Join us at our Multi-Professional Academy to see how you and your organisation can provide personalised end of life care for a steadily increasing number of older people.

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Meet our new Trustees

Read about our new trustees and their experiences

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Join us to Remember with Ribbons this summer

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

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‘Boutique Harrods’ at the heart of Bromley community

Store Manager Jacqui reaps reward of ideal mix of quality, customer service and community spirit in Chatterton Road shop

Marie Cooper

Introducing the Global Palliative Nursing Network

Marie Cooper shares news of our new international community

Kate Wilson

Nurse development programme scores multiple successes

Less than halfway through the year, Clinical Nurse Specialist Kate attributes her promotion to our development programme

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Nightingale Fellowship and St Christopher’s Hospice

Introducing a great partnership to ensure that nursing efforts are sustained

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Shakun’s Story

From acupuncture to benefits advice, dietetics to occupational therapy, retired probation officer, Shakun, is feeling the benefit of many of our services.

What Matters Most

£500,000 fundraising effort a huge success as target smashed

Thank you so much for your dedicated support!

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Wendy and Glenn’s story

Wendy McMahon reminisces the brief time she shared with her husband Glenn

Crystal Palace Kids Store Manager

Every bag of donations is like a lucky dip

Managing our Streatham store is a match made in heaven for its manager Anabel

Dementia Conference

Shaping End of Life with a Focus on Dementia

10 key learnings and calls to action from our recent Dementia Conference

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Volunteers’ Week: Judith and Jacky’s stories

It’s Volunteers’ Week – the prefect time thank all of the amazing 1070 individuals who give up their time and skills so we can support 8,000 people a year

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Cancer Chemo and Me – an exhibition

Our new exhibition opens on 14 June at St Christopher’s CARE. Artist Griselda Mussett tells us what inspired her very personal collection of work.

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Four months in…

Kate Wilson reflects on the positive impact our Development Programme is having on her, her colleagues and patients

Gail Preston

Rehabilitation in Palliative Care

St Christopher's Physiotherapist Gail Preston talks about our latest skills workshops and why rehabilitative palliative care is vital to patient wellbeing

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Pioneering new programme helps Kate break through clinical ceiling

Hospice Clinical Nurse Specialist says unique course is helping her find her own way to be a leader.

Tim Lund Living Wake

A Living Wake? What’s that…

Read Tim's story on how he confronted his terminal diagnosis with a celebration of his life!

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A celebration of nursing

Heather Richardson shares her excitement for our May nursing conference and introduces our stellar line up of speakers

Sudha Bhuchar

Sudha Bhuchar: Navigating death through the prism of faith and culture

Sudha shares her experiences with death and funeral planning

Evelyn Lockley

Evelyn Lockley: Irish rituals and introducing her boyfriend to her dead grandfather

Evelyn Lockley shares her opinions on death, dying and bereavement.

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Steve N Allen: Alzheimers, COVID-19 and laughing at his mum’s funeral

Steve N Allen tells us about his experiences of loss and grief

Shobna Gulati

Shobna Gulati: A refreshing approach to dementia

Have you ever thought about your fantasy funeral, pondered your dream epitaph or wondered what you do if knew you had a week left on Earth?

Louise Cave

How nurses can use data to drive more personalised care

Louise Cave, speaker at our nursing conference on 12 May, shares her views on the role digital technology plays in the health service

Maaike Vandeweghe

Care Homes: a major investment opportunity

Maaike Vandeweghe shares her reflections on our latest Care Homes conference

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How Palliative Discovery re-centred me

Senior palliative care nurse Annette Redwood describes how Palliative Discovery has boosted her career as a hands-on nurse and as an educator

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Hospice in the Weald

Lantern Model reinforces why what matters to the patient is everyone’s business

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Independent Prescribers Community of Practice

Fiona Hodson and Mary Watson tell us more about our new programme for prescribers.

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Pioneering Nurse Stella reaches new heights

Two years after being named as one of St Christopher’s 30 Pioneering Nurses, Stella Mwari Rithara, has recently been accepted onto the board of the prestigious International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care (IAHPC).

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Race for life!

Mum and daughter team Sandra and Sarah Goodwin ran the London Marathon last October, after Sarah’s granddad was cared for at the hospice.

Caroline Phillips

A day in the life of…. A Clinical Paramedic Specialist

"There’s only a couple of hospices across the country that employ paramedics. It’s still really new.”

Nadia Simon

My Fantasy Funeral

Marketing Manager Nadia Simon shares her idea of a perfect send-off

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Measuring the Effectiveness of Palliative Care: conference summary

Learnings and outcomes from our conference

Snowdrops 2023

Our sea of snowdrops at Down House

Discover how our beautiful installation came together.

Maria Aparicio

The secret to sensitive conversations is…

St Christopher’s Visiting Lecturer and Clinical Nurse Specialist shares her insights on mastering communication with patients and their families and explains why our Sensitive Conversations course is a must for all.

Peter Walsh

Peter and Carol’s Story

Reflexology helps patient Peter and his wife relax

Maaike Vandeweghe

Understanding the value of care homes

Half-day conference on 14 March is an opportunity to celebrate care homes and empower them for the future

Angela Embalo

Angela’s Story

Newly qualified nurse, Angela Embaló, tells us how our free community of practice has built her competence and confidence

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Visit to Bangladesh teaches Maaike so much

Resourcefulness, dedication and commitment to care of professionals and volunteers, leave our Senior Educationalist in awe.

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Making connections

In her latest blog, Maaike Vandeweghe shares her learnings from the recent Hospice UK conference.

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From Pain to Pleasure

Teach with CARE course helps nurse Hannah learn to love teaching

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Kirsty and Freya’s story

Kirsty and Freya are remembering Chris with a Snowdrop for St Christopher's. Read their story.

Dead Good Podcast

Introducing our new podcast: Dead Good!

Six engaging and entertaining episodes encouraging more people to think and talk about death, dying and loss

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Melvyn’s Story

Constant pain can have a seriously debilitating effect. Retired banker Melvyn Randolph describes how regular acupuncture sessions have improved his quality of life.

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How important is outcome measurement?

Heather Richardson, Director of Education, Research and End of Life Policy at St Christopher's discusses the collection and use of data by palliative care teams

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Silva shines Lantern light on palliative care in Lebanon

Lantern Model Programme has inspired clinical instructor in Beirut to transform the way she teaches nurses

Is it weird I never want it to end?

Clinical Nurse Specialist Maxine Last says sharing experiences and ideas with fellow professionals from around the world on the Lantern Model Programme has helped take her career to new heights.

International students inspired to deliver change

Multi-Professional Academy students supported by Women in Fellowship return home ready to push boundaries

Looking forward to Hospice UK conference

Our Senior Educationalist, Maaike Vandeweghe, looks ahead to Hospice UK’s annual conference and urges readers to take inspiration from its forward looking theme to engage in our ambitious conference programme for 2023.

Hilary’s Story

Three years after holding her husband’s hand as he died at the hospice, Hilary Lambert has returned as a volunteer.

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Power in Partnership: Joining the Dots of MND care

Control, communication, choice and, yes, cures; delegates leave MND Conference with clear messages of hope

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Kathy’s story: the cost of living crisis

The cost of living crisis is having a serious impact on the dying, their families, carers and the bereaved.

Maaike Vandeweghe

How do we secure the future of the art of nursing?

Supporting health care professionals as they provide essential holistic care at end of life

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Sarah’s story

Sarah sells cosmetics to fundraise for St Christopher's in memory of her grandfather.

Carmel O'Donnell

‘Since I joined Palliative Discovery, I’ve been won over.’

Carmel says her experience of the programme has made a huge difference to the way she feels about her return to nursing.

‘We noticed the dementia about six years ago’

Pippa from our Education team reflects on her own mother's Alzheimer's as we prepare to organise another dementia course for professionals.

‘We need to address homelessness’

"If people who are homeless aren’t accessing health and social care, they’re also not accessing end of life care and that is our business and our responsibility"

“It’s made me feel really inspired about my teaching”

How Teach with CARE empowers and motivates people who teach and train to engage their learners in the most effective way possible

Newly Qualified Nurses’ Community of Practice

There's still time to join our virtual Community of Practice for newly qualified nurses

Lantern Model

Making a difference to people facing the end of life

The Lantern Model programme is bringing together individual nurses, nurse managers, professional development leads and chief nurses

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Power in partnership: Joining the dots of MND care

Don't miss our Motor Neurone Disease Annual Conference 2022 on Friday 16 September 2022 at St Christopher's CARE, in collaboration with Kings College, London.

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Heather Richardson awarded ‘Burdett Hero’

Burdett Trust for Nursing recognises Heather Richardson as a ‘Burdett Hero’ for pioneering the St Christopher’s Palliative Discovery programme

Rehabilitative Palliative Care

Introducing a model of holistic rehabilitative palliative care

Recognising the vital importance of a holistic approach to assessment and interventions on the part of professionals

Maaike Vandeweghe

Teach with CARE or don’t teach at all

Maaike Vandeweghe, Senior Educationalist at St Christopher's CARE shares her thoughts on how teaching can have a big influence on practice.

Rosina

Sharing a passion for palliative care

Rosina is looking forward to sharing her passion for palliative care with health and social care assistants and home carers in Bromley.

Maria Aparicio

Bridging the gap between practice and education

Maria shares her philosophy on teaching and learning and passion for palliative care

Jane's carer story

Jane’s carer story

Jane cared for her dad, Gordon, whilst he was living with cancer.

Telling Stories with the Museum of London

Ten people share their experiences of bereavement during the COVID-19 pandemic

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Rose’s Story

Rose volunteered at our Sydenham shop for more than 25 years!

Ron Montgomery and daughter

Kate’s story

Find out how we supported Kate and her father, Ron.

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Connecting to Cameroon

How our Fellowship Programme and Tour App impacts across the world

Val and Sheila’s story

Our Wellbeing timetable has been vital for the two friends.

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Roger’s story

Volunteer Roger has put his banking background into practice with St Christopher's Gift Aid

Sarah and Ben’s story

Ben talks about his wife Sarah and how they were supported by St Christopher's

Lara's lockdown story

Lara’s story

Before Lara died in May this year, she shared with us her experience of being looked after by the hospice during lockdown

Mike's story

Mike’s story

Here's how Mike is stepping up for St Christopher's

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Leon’s story

An original poem created by Leon Silver, 'Loss' is a beautiful and heartfelt piece dedicated to his wife Maria.

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Julie’s story

"Klaus' experience changed mine, from what could have been a lastingly painful one into a bearable, acceptable one"

Joe’s story

"Why I think Coach4Care is so important"

Marcos’ story

Marcos Viliotti, Complementary Therapist, tells us why he loves his job

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Mesmerising Māori music

Your support brings families and cultures together for a musical extravaganza

A bittersweet symphony

Andre and his family have been taking part in a songwriting project

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Learning from each other with Coach4Care

Supporting carers across the community

Compassionate Neighbours

Being a Compassionate Neighbour

Ivy Zaman explains why she joined the Compassionate Neighbours scheme

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How graffiti saved my dad’s life (at least for a while)

Find out how Gordon's love of photography kept him going through his illness

Sue Gilder Volunteer Award

Sue Gilder’s story

Sue is a Spiritual Care Volunteer at St Christopher's

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Terry Hammond and Claudette Geddes’ story

Celebrating our volunteers

Alison Tucker Volunteer

Alison Tucker’s Story

Alison Tucker has been Volunteering at St Christopher’s for the last five years

Nick White’s story

We asked volunteer Nick to tell us about his experience of volunteering at St Christopher’s

William Wilson’s story

William pursued a lifelong love of music at St Christopher's

Stephen’s story

Stephen has been volunteering at St Christopher's for nine years

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Katie Hill’s story

"Nothing about walking into St Christopher’s makes you sad"

Chris Smith’s story

Chris Smith attended one of our Remembering with St Christopher's events in 2017

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Stuart’s story

Stuart is the Principal of the BRIT School who work closely with St Christopher's

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Mwandida and Daria’s stories

How international students are gaining new skills from our education programme

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The Mandish Family’s story

"It's just what I needed; respite from it all and the chance to chat to other people"

Helma’s Story

Helma’s husband, Martin, received support from St Christopher’s before his death in March 2017

Emily’s Story

Emily’s father, Richard, died at St Christopher’s in April 2018

A day in the life of…Isabel

Isabel has been a nurse for over fourteen years and cares for patients living in Lewisham

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A friend for life

Holly and Belinda talk about how their friendship started in the smoking shelter at St Christopher's

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Debbie and William’s story

William, aged six: “I like to do the walk with my family and friends to raise money for St Christopher’s because my mummy died there and the money will help to look after other people and buy equipment to help them”

For me and many others, St Christopher’s is somewhere to come to live, not to die

Richard Carter is 52 and has lived in Orpington all his life. In 2016 he was diagnosed with a brain tumour, and began coming to St Christopher’s in April 2017

Will’s Story

"He was allowed to pass away with dignity and pain free – this is the greatest gift you can give to the family of a terminally ill loved one"

Charlotte Smith

Charlotte Smith’s story

"St Christopher's was our beacon of hope"

Shelagh's story 2017

Shelagh’s story

"When I walk into here, it is like a different world"

Stefanie’s story

"Coming to the Summer School was a real eye-opener for me. We spent time talking about death and the stigma around it; it made me realise how important it was not to be afraid to talk openly about dying."

Steven and Andrew’s story

"Getting married was really important to us. Once we did it, it felt like we’d always been married and it definitely felt like the right thing to do."

Julie Muir’s story

"It was so amazing to spend time like that as a family during the worst time of my life. Even our dog was able to visit!"

Gina Dyer’s story

"Every time I think of St Christopher's it always brings a warm feeling in my heart"

Sadie and Julia

Julia France’s story

"When you lose a loved one you have a blanket of sadness and people become trapped in it. I’ve let the love that I have for Sadie breathe"

Theresa Geldart’s story

"When you first hear the word hospice you do get a bit panicky but they reassure you and they’re not just there for end of life care - they’re there all the time"

Ollie’s story

"As soon as Mum was admitted, we all knew that she would be very well looked after; nothing was ever too much trouble for the staff"

Natalie Wimpress’ story

Natalie is a Health Care Assistant based in the hospice

Chris Mangar’s story

Chris is a Clinical Nurse Specialist based in the community

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