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Pride London 2022

We’ll be joining the London Hospice LGBTQ+ Network on Saturday 2 July to march the streets of London for Pride 2022.

Sian and Tyrrell

How a former nurse’s death brought nurses together

What started as an informal appeal included in a 2020 Christmas card from Tyrrell to his friends and relatives, raised an astonishing £35,000.

Jane's story

Jane’s carer story

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


World Social Work Month

Hear from Conor and Marie, two social workers supporting the most vulnerable and marginalised groups in our community.

Rose Lane

Rose’s Story

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

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Kate’s story

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

Bluebell Walk

Let nature into your life!

Bluebell Walk is back on Sunday 1 May

Val nd SHeila

Val and Sheila’s story

Our Wellbeing timetable has been vital for the two friends.

Dame Cicely Saunders credit Mary McCartney Donald

Introducing St Christopher’s new App!

The app was created to meet the demand for information Dame Cicely Saunders and provide visitors with an accessible, engaging tour of the hospice.

Helen Simmons

New Chief Executive appointed

We are pleased to announce that the Board of Trustees has appointed Helen Simmons as our new Chief Executive.


Create unbreakable links this Christmas

Celebrate and reflect on the life of someone special by dedicating a link in their memory

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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

Annual Report and Accounts 2019/2020

Annual report and accounts 2020-21

Our Annual Review is now available online

Mystery Masterpieces

Mini-masterpieces are going to auction!

Auction open on eBay from 9 to 19 September

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You’re invited to CARE

Join us for the opening of St Christopher's CARE on 25 September

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Learning across time zones

136 delegates from 43 countries have connected via Zoom for a six month distance learning course

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Create moments that matter

By leaving St Christopher’s a gift in your Will we can continue to provide moments that matter

Mary Hodgson leads the Community Action Team at the hospice

Mary Hodgson on the power of community action

Mary Hodgson talks about the Community Action team

How we’re helping people to Choose Home

145 people have been supported by the Choose Home project since October 2020

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Let’s talk about death

Read our tips on how to start a conversation

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Fabulous fundraisers

Thank you for all your amazing fundraising efforts to support St Christopher’s, your creativity and kindness always inspires us

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Join us to remember

Sunday 5 December 2021

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Reindeer Dash

Host your own Reindeer Dash!


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


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.


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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Roger’s story

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

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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

Tom Allen

Tom Allen is our Ambassador

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


News in brief Spring 2021

Recent achievements and events from St Christopher's

Nisha at home with her favourite comforting toy, Groucho

Varsha’s story

Nisha has a learning disability, and so when she was staying at St Christopher’s, her sister Varsha stayed too

The stunning foyer in the new building

We are OPEN for business

St Christopher’s Centre for Awareness and Response to End of Life (CARE) is open!

Here’s Ian, combining the benefits of nature and volunteering, at our Orpington site

How is your wellbeing?

Wellbeing is a commonly used word, but what does it actually mean? And how can we improve our wellbeing?

Dr Mary Baines with Dame Cicely Saunders in

Remembering Dr Mary Baines

Dr Mary Baines played a huge and instrumental role not just in the development of St Christopher’s, but in progressing palliative care around the world.

We can all be hospice heros

Will you become a Fun Walk hero?

A Fun Walk to remember!

Anne Townsend

Anne’s story

Complementary therapies: a power for good


Fantastic fundraisers

Here is a taste of what some of you have been up to!

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Shhh! It’s a Mystery Masterpiece

We are really excited to be holding our first ever art auction this year, in September

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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

Ben and Sarah

Sarah and Ben’s story

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

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St Christopher’s Carol Service

Join us for some of our favourite Christmas carols and readings

Mary Hodgson

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!

Lara Veitch

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

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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)

Volunteer gardener

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

Beverley Joiner

Becoming a MasterChef

Cookery show addict Beverley has raised thousands of pounds for the hospice

Summer of care

A message from Morgan Jones, Chair of Trustees at St Christopher's

Celebrating nursing pioneers

St Christopher's celebrates International Year of the Nurse and Midwife

Say ‘hello’ to St Christopher’s CARE

St Christopher’s CARE will be an open, vibrant and inspiring space for both the public and professionals


Funding our care: most of it comes from you!

Individual donations help us change lives for the better

Living with loss

Our Bereavement Team discuss living with grief and ways to support bereaved people

Young hearts

Making the most of Zoom during lockdown

Well, I didn’t know that!

If you couldn't join us for our online quiz with Tom Allen, here are some of our favourite questions

Join us to remember

Join us on 6 December 2020 for a special remembrance event


Remembering with Ribbons

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

Alison’s story

Here's why Alison decided to volunteer for St Christopher's during the Covid-19 pandemic

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

Mike’s story

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

Our Young Adults group

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

Robert Mitchell

Robert’s story

Volunteer Robert hosts a wellness podcast and releases a different episode each week

Rising to the challenge

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

Make a donation

Outstanding news for St Christopher’s

St Christopher's is celebrating being awarded an 'Outstanding' rating from the Care Quality Commission (CQC)

A message from our Joint Chief Executive

We are still here for those who need us

Beverley Joiner

Cooking up a storm on MasterChef

Charity piccalilli-maker from Bromley gets ready to cook up a storm on MasterChef

Achievements 2019

A summary of our achievements in 2019


An investment in knowledge

Focus on the Hospice Education and Learning Partnership (HELP)

Michele King, social worker at St Christopher's

Whoever you are, wherever you are, we’re there

St Christopher’s have been working alongside Evolve Housing + Support

Our volunteers Alison, Jackie, Karen, and Barbara

Spreading the word

You may not feel entirely comfortable talking about dying and grief, and you aren’t be alone!

Anne Blanc sorted her Will during Will Week

Writing your Will

St Christopher’s Will Week is the perfect opportunity to make or update your Will and support St Christopher’s

Lesley and Pete

Supporting each other

Lesley and Pete tell their story

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

Leon Silver

Leon’s story

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

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

The Guardian features one of our patients, Joe Morris


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

Julie and Klaus

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"

Steph’s story

Steph works at St Christopher's and talks about her experiences in learning to best support people with dementia

Making Great Strides

1st birthday of Healthy Walks from St Christopher’s

Record Breaking Crystal Palace

A flying start for our newest shop

Marcos’ story

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

Achievements 2019

What you have helped make possible this year...

Katie Hill and her husband Dave

Improving our wards

Our ward refurbishment appeal

Mesmerising Māori music

Your support brings families and cultures together for a musical extravaganza

Remembering with St Christopher's

Remembering together

Our Remembering services are for you to remember people that are important to you

Audrey, 5000 Club winner

Join our club…

...Audrey won £5,000!

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

Tom Allen

Who on earth wants to talk about dying?

We spoke to comedian Tom Allen about death, dying and loss

Compassionate Neighbour, Ivy

Being a Compassionate Neighbour

Ivy Zaman explains why she joined the Compassionate Neighbours scheme


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


Pedal power: London to Amsterdam

The Community Choir in action

St Christopher’s Community Choir performs at the Misbehaving Bodies exhibition

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

Tom Allen and St Christopher's staff

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 Jo Garfit

Joanna Garfit’s story

Joanna is one of the volunteers in our Addiscombe shop

Volunteer Exchange Kit

A Volunteer Exchange

What can we learn from other hospices?

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

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

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

Fun Walk 2019

Spring into action at Fun Walk

Help us make a difference and join us for Fun Walk, urges Lewisham Child Bereavement Worker

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

Creating Conversations in Croydon

Discover the art of dying well

Creating Conversations in Croydon is encouraging people to have open conversations about death and dying in a new event

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


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

Christine Davies running the Big Half

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

Achievements 2018

A summary of our achievements in 2018

Volunteer Maria Muriel-Sanchez

Maria’s story

Hear from Maria, a volunteer at St Christopher’s

Sophia with her partner Lee, two sons, daughter and step daughter

Sophia’s story

Sophia has been supported by the Candle team for six years

A light in the darkness

Jenny has been working in Candle since 1998

Virtual Marathon

Run the Virtual Marathon!

Run at anytime, anywhere in support of St Christopher’s

Myth busting

Myth Busters

What are hospices really like?

London to Paris cyclists

Change gear with London to Amsterdam

If you’re looking for your next challenge then look no further

Fun Walk is coming. Get ready!

Take a few steps and help us make strides!

Twilight Walk volunteers

Never volunteered? Change that right now.

Bromley resident Fiona talks about the range of volunteer opportunities at St Christopher's

Raffle winners announced

The Grand Christmas Raffle was drawn on Thursday 20 December

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’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

Stuart’s story

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


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


"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: “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 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"

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

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

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.

Wunmi Oyemade’s story

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

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

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

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.

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

Recycled bikes for sale in our high street shops

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

What’s next for our Living, Loving and Dying series?

We’ve got an exciting programme of events coming up for the Living, Loving and Dying series this year

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

Thanks Day Lewis Pharmacies

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

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.

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’

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.


"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

City and Guilds Qualifications from St Christopher’s

Did you know St Christopher’s education is celebrating its first year as a City and Guilds qualification centre?

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

Our Midnight Walk on Saturday 10 October drew over 300 walkers out into the night to raise an estimated £30,000 for Candle

St Christopher’s annual Midnight Walk on Saturday 10 October drew over 300 walkers out into the night to raise an estimated £30,000 for the Candle project, which supports bereaved children, young people and families from across South East London

St Christopher’s welcomes Minister’s visit

St Christopher's was delighted to welcome Ben Gummer MP, Under Secretary of State for Care Quality, to the hospice on Wednesday 30 September 2015

Local businesses compete in the first ever Shop Wars to raise money for St Christopher’s

During September local businesses accepted St Christopher’s challenge to take over one of its charity shops for the day

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

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