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Connections

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Free will writing service

St Christopher's partners with Guardian Angel to provide free Will Writing

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Grand opening of St Christopher’s CARE

HRH Princess Alexandra unveils plaque and sculpture to commemorate the grand opening of St Christopher’s CARE

Card Teamwork

2021 Christmas Cards now in stock!

A range of designs now available

Annual Report and Accounts 2019/2020

Annual report and accounts 2020-21

Our Annual Review is now available online

Remembering

St Christopher’s Thanksgiving and Memorial Service

Join us in remembering those we love

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Frailty and End of Life: It’s time to act

Join us and commit to improve the experience of people who are living with advance frailty

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Submit Your Poetry

We're holding an open call for poetry exploring death, dying and loss.

Summer Raffle winner Elke McDonald

Congratulations!

A total of £50,283 raised in the Grand Summer Raffle

Award St Christophers

Award for effective investment in volunteers

St Christopher’s has been recognised for its efforts in valuing volunteers with the award of the coveted Investing in Volunteers kitemark.

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Shortlist success for UK Exhibition of the Year

St Christopher’s collaborative arts project with the Horniman Museum is recognised by the Museum and Heritage Awards

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Grand Summer Raffle

Could you win £1,500 John Lewis voucher in our raffle?

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Meet our new Chair of trustees: Neil Goulden

An experienced Chair who has worked across public, private and not-for-profit sectors, Neil is passionately commitment to social justice

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Tom Allen is our Ambassador

We are thrilled to announce that comedian Tom Allen has agreed to become St Christopher’s first ever ambassador!

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Esther Rantzen: Living with Grief

Tune in to watch on Thursday 18 February at 10pm on Channel 5

Celebrate and remember

Help us create a sea of Snowdrops this spring

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St Christopher’s Carol Service

Join us for some of our favourite Christmas carols and readings

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Communities acting for each other

5 things we learnt about working with communities this year

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Tom Allen’s Spooktacular Quiz

What a spectacularly spooky Halloween success!

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Local comedian Tom Allen plans a spooktacular quiz

Tom Allen takes to our screens on Thursday 22 October to support St Christopher's

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Meet the people who make it happen

Part of Hospice Care Week (5-11 October 2020)

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Volunteering during Covid-19

A snapshot of how our volunteers continue to go above and beyond

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Get online, not in line

Introducing our new online shops

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Remembering with Ribbons

During these challenging times, it is more important than ever that we find ways to remember those we love.

25 Hours of Croquet

Guy and Pete's summer solstice croquet marathon

Bringing the gym into your home

Rehabilitation Assistant David talks to us about the exercise sessions that he now delivers via Zoom

Marking Carers Week with HRH Princess Alexandra

Heather Richardson, our Joint Chief Executive, talks to HRH Princess Alexandra about the work we're doing to support carers

St Christopher’s supports Black Lives Matter

Statement from Heather Richardson, Joint Chief Executive at St Christopher’s

Are you a carer? Read our top 5 self-care tips

Look after yourself this Carers Week (8-14 June 2020)

Thank you to our amazing volunteers

Shaun O'Leary, our Joint Chief Executive, says thank you to our amazing volunteers in his video message

Tom Allen’s live quiz success

Local comedy Star Tom Allen helps raise nearly £12K for St Christopher’s

A good news story

9 year old William Seeley walked 10km in his garden

Fun Time Quiz Time with Tom Allen

Introducing the fabulous Tom Allen as St Christopher's very own quizmaster.

Dying Matters Week

Monday 11 to Sunday 17 May 2020

Our Young Adults group

Volunteers are supporting our Young Adults in different ways to keep in touch with the outside world

Rising to the challenge

How we are responding to this crisis and supporting the many patients who need us

A message from our Joint Chief Executive

We are still here for those who need us

St Christopher’s partners with Marie Curie

St Christopher's joins forces with Marie Curie to improve out of hours support for people living with a terminal illness

Dying young: ‘It’s not what you think’

The Guardian features one of our patients, Joe Morris

Carers

Are you a carer? Read our 5 top self-care tips

It’s carer's rights day this week so we’re sharing with you 5 top self-care tips for carers

Candle on BBC Radio 2

Our Candle Child Bereavement Service featured on BBC Radio 2 as part of Children in Need

Making Great Strides

1st birthday of Healthy Walks from St Christopher’s

Record Breaking Crystal Palace

A flying start for our newest shop

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Ever wondered what it’s like inside a hospice?

Come on in and see for yourself…

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The Crumball Rally

David and The L'aime Ducks race across Europe for St Christopher's

Healthy walks for everyone

Healthy walks for everyone

Join us on Thursdays and step out from St Christopher’s Sydenham

London to Amsterdam cyclists 2019

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Pedal power: London to Amsterdam

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Local comedian Tom Allen visits St Christopher’s

Tom nominated St Christopher's to receive his prize money from BBC TV’s Pointless show

Volunteer Exchange Kit

A Volunteer Exchange

What can we learn from other hospices?

Remembering with Ribbons

Remembering with Ribbons

Built into the very foundations of the Learning Hub

Open Gardens at Caritas House

St Christopher’s in Spring

Our marvellous gardens

Give a tenner

Give a tenner and make a difference

If everyone in our local community gave a tenner we would have enough to fund our services for another year

Grand Christmas Raffle car winners receive their prize

Wheel-y good news

Grand Christmas Raffle car winners receive their prize

Coach4Care

Calling all ex-carers!

Sign up now for our upcoming Coach4Care training

Congratulations to the Traffords

Welcome back to the Traffords

World record breaking Transatlantic Traffords raised almost £200k for St Christopher's

Let’s Hear It For The Buoys!

The Transatlantic Traffords complete their challenge

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Christine’s story

Christine Davies, Individual Giving Manager at St Christopher's Hospice

Not so Pointless!

Tom Allen nominates St Christopher's to receive Pointless quiz cash prize of £2,500

Michael Snasdell’s Story

Michael Snasdell, 45, from Forest Hill is raising money to take on the London to Amsterdam challenge in June 2019

What’s on offer at St Christopher’s

Videos launched to offer patients and families reassurance and guidance about our services

MBE-lievable work!

Our former Medical Director awarded an MBE

Raffle winners announced

The Grand Christmas Raffle was drawn on Thursday 20 December

Grand Summer Raffle raises £41,500 for St Christopher’s

Mrs Joy Lever celebrates winning first prize of a £2,000 Virgin Gift Card

See SLiDE Dance artists perform “Dancing at the Edges” at St Christopher’s Hospice

Part of our Living, Loving and Dying series of events, talks, readings and debate exploring end of life care

St Christopher’s to feature on The Sally Army and Me

St Christopher’s features in the final episode of Paul O’Grady’s documentary series, ‘The Sally Army and Me’ on BBC One at 6pm on Sunday 1 May.

Laura is going the extra mile in April for St Christopher’s and her sister

We’re delighted to introduce one of our intrepid Virgin Money London Marathon runners – Laura Keeler

Climbing obstacles for St Christopher’s

Collette Byford and her team of 13 are taking part in a 5k Colour Obstacle Rush in Kempton Park Race Course on 28th May in memory of her father, Michael O’Grady.

Recycled bikes for sale in our high street shops

Recycled bikes for sale at our Locksbottom, Petts Wood and Dulwich shops

St Christopher’s Grand Christmas Raffle prize winner collects his brand new car

Peter Kendall, of Beckenham, was the delighted winner of St Christopher’s Grand Christmas Raffle, drawn on 16 December 2016

M&G supported our lymphoedema clinic at Caritas House

At the end of 2014 M&G contacted St Christopher’s wanting to support one of our projects. They chose to support the Bromley Lymphoedema Clinic, based at Caritas House, by helping cover the cost of the equipment needs and pledged a grant of £6,618.

Junior Doctors’ strike

Following a breakdown in talks with government, the British Medical Association (BMA) has organised national strike action which is planned to take place on Tuesday 12 January, Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 January and Wednesday 10 February

Fundraising events round-up: thank you to all our amazing St Christopher’s volunteers and supporters

So much has happened to tell you about since our last edition of Connections. Whether a fundraising event is large or small, we appreciate every single penny that you raise towards helping us provide our end of life care – thank you! Here are some highlights to enjoy

Help create a special photo mosaic of our founder Dame Cicely Saunders

In 2017 we will be celebrating the 50th Anniversary of St Christopher’s and want to create a photo mosaic of Dame Cicely – but we need your help

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Thank you M&S Bromley for making us your charity of the year

M&S Bromley chose St Christopher’s as their local charity of the year in July 2015 and have helped us achieve so much

Helping patients to get fighting fit at our pop-up gym sessions

It’s January and lots of us are thinking about healthy lifestyles and returning to the gym. Read our four inspirational stories about some of our patients who attend our regular pop-up gym sessions based at Caritas House

Thank you M&S Bromley for making us your charity of the year

M&S Bromley chose St Christopher’s as their local charity of the year in July 2015 and have helped us achieve so much

Thank you one and all for your fantastic support over the past year

All our supporters, young or old, individuals or companies, foundations or trusts help enable our vision of a world in which all dying people and those close to them have access to appropriate care and support, when and where they need it

St Christopher’s Shop Wars

St Christopher’s Shop Wars came to our local high streets in September and October

Celebrating high educational standards in health care

Congratulations to Grace Houghton (pictured), who was one of the first students to have completed The Care Certificate (Cavendish) – our newly created course

From our Joint Chief Executives

We’d like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy New Year

St Christopher’s welcomes new NICE guidance

St Christopher’s welcomes the new NICE guidance entitled ‘Care of dying adults in the last days of life’