News, stories and information from St Christopher's
After thinking he would die on our in-patient unit Mick now returns to St Christopher's every week for our Bereavement Help Point.
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.
Passion for person-centred care motivates our ward manager every day.
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.
GPNN Champion Farah Demachkieh shares her inspiration and vision for the future of palliative care nursing
Read about what Cyril will never forget about his wife Janet, who died at the hospice in August 2022.
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.
"I’ll never forget our chats on the phone". Tricia shares her special memories of her daughter, Vee.
Eighty-two year old makes friends, raises funds and finds a ‘twin’ in Orpington shop
With so many great bargains to be had, Emma can’t understand why anyone bothers buying new
In their darkest hour Kerry and her Italian husband Roberto found a much-needed second family at St Christopher’s
Clinical Nurse Specialist Maria Aparicio explains more
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.
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.
Our new brand matches our vision for a world in which everyone has access to care and support whenever and wherever they need it.
Seventy-seven-year-old petrolhead Mike shows no sign of hitting the brakes despite raising more than £50,000 with classic car show.
Mandy Bruce tells us more about this fully interactive and engaging conference
Kate Wilson shares how she's learned that her weaknesses can be her strengths
A win on the St Christopher's lottery has enabled a retired teacher to invest in a new pastime that’s helping sick children.
For Dying Matters Week this year we focused on supporting conversations around death and dying at work, particularly for our staff and volunteers.
Our longest serving employee shares his fantasy funeral.
Leslie has been bringing his Bernese Mountain dogs to the hospice since 1985
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.
We’re working to help members of the public and the local community to explore loss.
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.
How can I talk to children about death and grief? Honesty is the best policy…
We're delighted to introduce the latest issue of Connect - our biannual magazine which showcases our community and work at St Christopher’s.
Come and visit one of our 23 shops with items of quality clothing in need of a new home and find yourself a bargain pre-loved outfit. Together, we can all be Champions for Change – starting this September.
Learn with others, develop your skills and be part of the next generation of leaders.
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.
Join our colourful display of remembrance and dedicate a ribbon in memory
Maaike Vandeweghe shares details of our new person-centred approach to education
PhD student working as Healthcare Assistant on St Christopher’s wards to study clinicians’ reaction to patients’ experiences
Store Manager Jacqui reaps reward of ideal mix of quality, customer service and community spirit in Chatterton Road shop
Marie Cooper shares news of our new international community
Less than halfway through the year, Clinical Nurse Specialist Kate attributes her promotion to our development programme
Introducing a great partnership to ensure that nursing efforts are sustained
From acupuncture to benefits advice, dietetics to occupational therapy, retired probation officer, Shakun, is feeling the benefit of many of our services.
Thank you so much for your dedicated support!
Managing our Streatham store is a match made in heaven for its manager Anabel
10 key learnings and calls to action from our recent Dementia Conference
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
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.
Kate Wilson reflects on the positive impact our Development Programme is having on her, her colleagues and patients
In response to a recent call to action, we’re hosting a conference, Bereavement and Loss: Time for Change!
St Christopher's Physiotherapist Gail Preston talks about our latest skills workshops and why rehabilitative palliative care is vital to patient wellbeing
Hospice Clinical Nurse Specialist says unique course is helping her find her own way to be a leader.
Read Tim's story on how he confronted his terminal diagnosis with a celebration of his life!
Heather Richardson shares her excitement for our May nursing conference and introduces our stellar line up of speakers
Sudha shares her experiences with death and funeral planning
Evelyn Lockley shares her opinions on death, dying and bereavement.
Lewis discusses death within his family
Steve N Allen tells us about his experiences of loss and grief
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, speaker at our nursing conference on 12 May, shares her views on the role digital technology plays in the health service
Maaike Vandeweghe shares her reflections on our latest Care Homes conference
Senior palliative care nurse Annette Redwood describes how Palliative Discovery has boosted her career as a hands-on nurse and as an educator
Lantern Model reinforces why what matters to the patient is everyone’s business
Fiona Hodson and Mary Watson tell us more about our new programme for prescribers.
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).
Mum and daughter team Sandra and Sarah Goodwin ran the London Marathon last October, after Sarah’s granddad was cared for at the hospice.
We spoke to several women who work at the hospice and asked for their thoughts on the day.
"There’s only a couple of hospices across the country that employ paramedics. It’s still really new.”
Learnings and outcomes from our conference
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.
Half-day conference on 14 March is an opportunity to celebrate care homes and empower them for the future
Newly qualified nurse, Angela Embaló, tells us how our free community of practice has built her competence and confidence
Resourcefulness, dedication and commitment to care of professionals and volunteers, leave our Senior Educationalist in awe.
In her latest blog, Maaike Vandeweghe shares her learnings from the recent Hospice UK conference.
Kirsty and Freya are remembering Chris with a Snowdrop for St Christopher's. Read their story.
Six engaging and entertaining episodes encouraging more people to think and talk about death, dying and loss
Constant pain can have a seriously debilitating effect. Retired banker Melvyn Randolph describes how regular acupuncture sessions have improved his quality of life.
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
Lantern Model Programme has inspired clinical instructor in Beirut to transform the way she teaches nurses
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.
Multi-Professional Academy students supported by Women in Fellowship return home ready to push boundaries
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.
Three years after holding her husband’s hand as he died at the hospice, Hilary Lambert has returned as a volunteer.
Control, communication, choice and, yes, cures; delegates leave MND Conference with clear messages of hope
The cost of living crisis is having a serious impact on the dying, their families, carers and the bereaved.
Supporting health care professionals as they provide essential holistic care at end of life
Carmel says her experience of the programme has made a huge difference to the way she feels about her return to nursing.
Pippa from our Education team reflects on her own mother's Alzheimer's as we prepare to organise another dementia course for professionals.
"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"
How Teach with CARE empowers and motivates people who teach and train to engage their learners in the most effective way possible
There's still time to join our virtual Community of Practice for newly qualified nurses
The Lantern Model programme is bringing together individual nurses, nurse managers, professional development leads and chief nurses
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.
Burdett Trust for Nursing recognises Heather Richardson as a ‘Burdett Hero’ for pioneering the St Christopher’s Palliative Discovery programme
Recognising the vital importance of a holistic approach to assessment and interventions on the part of professionals
Maaike Vandeweghe, Senior Educationalist at St Christopher's CARE shares her thoughts on how teaching can have a big influence on practice.
Rosina is looking forward to sharing her passion for palliative care with health and social care assistants and home carers in Bromley.
Maria shares her philosophy on teaching and learning and passion for palliative care
Ten people share their experiences of bereavement during the COVID-19 pandemic
Volunteer Roger has put his banking background into practice with St Christopher's Gift Aid
Ben talks about his wife Sarah and how they were supported by St Christopher's
Before Lara died in May this year, she shared with us her experience of being looked after by the hospice during lockdown
An original poem created by Leon Silver, 'Loss' is a beautiful and heartfelt piece dedicated to his wife Maria.
"Klaus' experience changed mine, from what could have been a lastingly painful one into a bearable, acceptable one"
Your support brings families and cultures together for a musical extravaganza
Ivy Zaman explains why she joined the Compassionate Neighbours scheme
Find out how Gordon's love of photography kept him going through his illness
Alison Tucker has been Volunteering at St Christopher’s for the last five years
We asked volunteer Nick to tell us about his experience of volunteering at St Christopher’s
Chris Smith attended one of our Remembering with St Christopher's events in 2017
How international students are gaining new skills from our education programme
"It's just what I needed; respite from it all and the chance to chat to other people"
Helma’s husband, Martin, received support from St Christopher’s before his death in March 2017
Isabel has been a nurse for over fourteen years and cares for patients living in Lewisham
Holly and Belinda talk about how their friendship started in the smoking shelter at St Christopher's
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”
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
"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"
"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."
"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."
"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!"
"Every time I think of St Christopher's it always brings a warm feeling in my heart"
"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"
"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"
"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"