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Mesmerising Māori music

Your support brings families and cultures together for a musical extravaganza

Tracy, Andre and Gabby - 'The Family Song'

A bittersweet symphony

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

Audrey, Coach4Care

Learning from each other with Coach4Care

Supporting carers across the community

Compassionate Neighbour, Ivy

Being a Compassionate Neighbour

Ivy Zaman explains why she joined the Compassionate Neighbours scheme

Gordon Gibbons

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 Glider

Sue Gilder’s story

Sue is a Spiritual Care Volunteer at St Christopher's

Volunteer Jo Garfit

Joanna Garfit’s story

Joanna is one of the volunteers in our Addiscombe shop

Terry Hammond and Claudette Geddes’ story

Celebrating our volunteers

Alison Tucker

Alison Tucker’s Story

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

Volunteer Nick White

Nick White’s story

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

William Wilson

William Wilson’s story

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

Sisters Lisa and Jane took part in the Twilight Walk in memory of their mum

Lisa Mahoney and Jane Poole’s story

Sisters Lisa and Jane took part in the Twilight Walk in memory of their mum

Volunteer Stephen Rea

Stephen’s story

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

John and Jo’s Open Gardens story

Jo and John Hopkins kindly opened up their beautiful garden in Beckenham last year

Brenda’s Fun Walk Story

Brenda's husband was cared for by St Christopher's Community Team

Jane Gibson

Jane’s story

Jane Gibson, 75, is preparing to run the 2019 London Marathon in memory of her daughter, Maxine

Kay Isom – Team AreGo

Kay Isom’s Fun Walk story – Team AreGo

Kay, from West Wickham in Bromley, is walking to remember her father, Al Reeve, and thank the hospice for the care he received

Samantha Peckham

Samantha’s Fun Walk story

Sam, and her friends and family have taken part in Fun Walk six times, raising hundreds of pounds for the hospice

Katie Hill

Katie Hill’s story

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

Pedder

Pedder’s story

Family run estate agent has been supporting St Christopher's since 2011

Chris Smith’s story

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

Jarmila

Jarmila’s story

Jarmila shares her experiences of caring for her mum and dad

Stuart’s story

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

Mwandida

Mwandida and Daria’s stories

How international students are gaining new skills from our education programme

The Mandish Family’s story

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

Diane's story

Diane’s story

Diane Roberts talks about how the Learning Hub will benefit others who have become carers like her

Helma’s Story

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

Mike’s story

Paramedic Mike attended our QELCA (Quality End of Life Care for All) course

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

The gift that keeps on giving

11-year-old Scarlett gives up her birthday presents to raise money for the hospice

Pedal Power

12-year-old Annabel cycles from home to hospice in memory of her granny

Holly and Belinda

A friend for life

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

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”

Remembering David Buckley

A dedicated and enthusiastic volunteer, who inspired others to make a difference by offering their support

Candle

"Some of the best days have been the fun days for children. 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"

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

Petts Wood Runners Club

Petts Wood Runners

Petts Wood Runners has raised an incredible £49,666 for St Christopher's over the last 10 years

William Norris

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’s story

"St Christopher's was our beacon of hope"

Shelagh’s story

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

Poppy Adams runs 10km in memory of her grandad Bill

Poppy Adams, aged 11, from Nunhead, ran a 10km run in memory of her grandad Bill, who died last year and had been an outpatient at St Christopher’s

Donna

Donna: “I’m walking for my dad”

Back in 2015, Donna took part in the Fun Walk with 20 family and friends for her father. She's taking part again this year, walking for her dad. Here is Donna's story.

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."

Marva

Marva Murray’s story

"I’ve never had to tell St Christopher’s carers what to do - it’s just done."

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."

Alan, Craig and Julie

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"

A fun day to fundraise!

Keith and Anastasia have supported St Christopher's for many years providing accommodation for people travelling to London for one of our many Education courses, conferences or seminars that we hold each year.

Laughter truly is the best medicine

"Joan was at the helm, and Sarah and I just did what we were told!"

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"

Off Road Moped Race for Mum

Off Road Moped Race for Mum

Frankie Carlton took on a challenge of his own – a 5 hour moped race - in memory of his mum

Gillian Dickinson’s story

"I wanted Alan to be a part of this tribute and of St Christopher’s and this way he always will be"

Gareth ‘Gazza’ Forge’s story

Gareth Forge and his friends have got everyone jiving their way to raising over £4,000 for St Christopher’s

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"

Stefanie’s experiences of working at St Christopher’s

Stefanie is a 20 year old nursing student who was inspired to pursue a career in palliative care after coming to St Christopher’s Summer School when she was just 16

Wunmi Oyemade’s story

Wunmi Oyemade, from Nunhead, has been visiting the Anniversary Centre in Sydenham since 2012

Hannah Masson-Smyth

Hannah Masson-Smyth’s story

Hannah volunteered for over two years with St Christopher’s and was able to combine her musical talents with her CSV role

Jackie Lewington’s story

St Christopher’s patient, Jackie Lewington, and her mother Jean Smith, have come together to form a dream team in making and selling knitted Easter bunnies and chicks to raise money for our hospice

Ann Cantore

Ann Cantore’s story

Ann is retiring from volunteering with us at 92 years young

Ann’s story: how St Christopher’s helped her deal with grief

Ann contacted the Bereavement Service three months after her husband died, after less than a year of caring for him. She now lives alone and has supportive neighbours and a daughter who lives nearby, but Bill was ‘her rock’ and always knew what to do.

Natalie Wimpress

Natalie Wimpress’ story

Natalie is a Health Care Assistant based in the hospice

Chris Mangar's story

Chris Mangar’s story

Chris is a Clinical Nurse Specialist based in the community

Clever engineering skills help one of our young adults write and draw again

Volunteer Dave Perry has used his engineering background to give one member of the Young Adults Group a chance to express himself

Diane’s story

Diane, along with her family and friends, fundraises for St Christopher's through holding coffee mornings and their "Annual Open Day"

Fundraising Story – Craig Muir’s family and friends

Craig's Day Summer Football Tournament

Kieran Morgan’s sisters

Sisters Geraldine, Lisa and Sarah’s October Dinner and Dance in memory of their brother Kieran Morgan raised over £32,000. This is their inspirational story.

Trekfest

"Team Bapou" took on the "Trek Fest" challenge - a trek 54 miles across the Brecon Beacons in South Wales - in memory of their Bapou Antonis

Becky and Georgie’s Kilimanjaro story

Becky and Georgie from the St Christopher’s Fundraising Team successfully climbed Mount Kilimanjaro. This is their story.

Anniversary Centre volunteer Firoz

Volunteer Story: Firoz Karmali

Firoz Karmali has been a patient-facing hospice volunteer for four years, but his association first began back in 2007 when his wife Susan was referred to Harris HospisCare

Anniversary Centre

Reflections on the St Christopher’s Community Choir

A reflection by choir leader and St Christopher’s Arts Therapist, Tamsin Dives, April 2015

Dennis and Janet’s story

Over more than seven years, friends Janet Clements, 65, and Dennis Croton, 77, have become absolutely indispensable to us

Volunteer Sandy Carter

Sandy Carter’s story

In 1985, Sandy Carter saw an advert in her local paper, The Mercury, for gardening volunteers at St Christopher’s Hospice in Sydenham

Volunteer Susan Vosper

Susan Vosper’s story

We caught up with one of our volunteers Susan Vosper, who has volunteered at St Christopher’s for the last ten months