But there are many more people who need our support.
We’re urging you to gather your friends, family and neighbours and sign up today to our Bluebell Walk in support of the hospice. Without the support of people like you we can’t continue to care for the growing number of people in our community when they need us most.
We do hope you’ll join us.Sign up to Bluebell Walk
Join others of all ages for an unforgettable experience. It will be rewarding, fun – and absolutely achievable. There’s nothing quite like getting out, getting active and raising money for St Christopher’s. With a choice of walks between three and nine miles, there’s a route to suit you whatever your age or ability.
Well-behaved dogs are also very welcome! There will be live music, entertainment, food, a beer tent and refreshments at the recreation ground.See all event information
"I used to be a keen runner, gardener and I walked the dog all the time. All of a sudden I became ill and was stripped of that. Using the gym at St Christopher’s has been such a positive experience for me; it’s helped me to be me again. I can work on my balance and improve my overall mobility.
I wasn’t able to go up the stairs when we moved house, I’d only been able to see half of the house. Now, thanks to the gym and physiotherapy at St Christopher’s, I’ve been able to get up the stairs and tell the kids to tidy their rooms!
St Christopher’s has been there for all of us. We’ve each had counselling which has helped us get our heads around what was happening. I learned to cope and understand what was going on which in turn helped with my mood. I’ve built great friendships with staff, volunteers and patients. I go to the gym and art therapy, I meet with nurses, and benefit from chiropody. I’ve learnt that – for me and many others – St Christopher’s is somewhere to come to live, not to die.
I’m fortunate I’ve still managed to retain a sense of humour and if that’s the last thing that goes I’ll be a happy man. Not that I’m expecting to go anytime soon!"
"My son Sarayan died very suddenly on 8 June 2014 when he was three years old. We had heard through the hospital about organisations that help parents whose children have died and called lots of them for support. Jenny from St Christopher’s contacted us and told us about Candle.
My sons started to see Jenny who would take them for walks around the garden while they talked. They also went to fun days run by Candle. It’s nice for them to hang out with other children who have all been through some sort of loss, but don’t treat them differently.
St Christopher’s helped my family so much at such a devastating time in our lives, so I decided to hold a fundraising drinks party. Kashmir, my eldest son, was in charge of the money and my youngest son, Simran (Sarayan’s twin) was in charge of handing out raffle tickets. They both felt very involved – I think it did them a lot of good.
Our guests enjoyed finding out about St Christopher’s and we managed to raise enough money for 23 families to see a child bereavement worker for five sessions. When people hear that they see that a little money from everyone goes a long way.
This year we are having a Bluebell coffee morning to raise sponsorship for the Bluebell Walk, which we are all doing together as a family."
Betty says: "I have been volunteering for the hospice for 20 years. I have taken part in the Bluebell Walk about five times and the atmosphere is just great and most people are walking for loved ones they have lost. So many people join in, including dogs and babies, which makes it a great family fun day.
Christine says: "I have been a volunteer at the hospice for 15 years. There is a misconception that a hospice is a sad place to work, but that is not the case. It’s quite the opposite as there is a lot of laughter. Our patients tell us they enjoy the relaxed, non-clinical atmosphere and for many it is the only time during the week that they leave their homes.”
Gill says: "I have been a volunteer atSt Christopher’s for nine years now following the death of my husband Ray who was so well looked after by the nurses at the hospice.
Volunteering there makes me really happy. I particularly enjoy helping at Tea at Two – a monthly chance for carers who have lost a loved one to have a cup of tea and a chat with others in the same situation as themselves. This helps them to cope with their loss.”
Patricia, David’s wife, says: "David knew how important the work of St Christopher’s is to so many people when they are facing the most difficult time of their life, and he gave his support unstintingly.
David helped with various hospice fundraising events over the years and, through him, with only a little arm bending but a huge amount of enthusiasm, he has inspired other members of his Rotary Club to become involved, especially with the Bluebell Walk. His passion for hospice care and the work that St Christopher’s does meant that people wanted to give their time too, and he always raised awareness of hospice care whenever he could.
Our daughters have both taken part in Bluebell Walks over the years, as they knew how important it was to their dad, and this year they will be walking in memory of him as, sadly, David died in December 2017.
It is such a comfort to know how much David’s support and enthusiasm has touched the lives of others; he always wanted to help and make what, difference he could. I am extremely proud of all he has achieved, and hope that this year’s Bluebell Walk is successful in raising vital funds for the important work that St Christopher’s do."