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Foundations of Palliative Care


Free critical training to help care home staff

Our End of Life Care webinar series launched April 16 and is free to all care homes. In this three-part weekly series, we share our expertise in practices such as Advance Care Planning, Coordinate my Care (myCMC), and Challenging Conversations – covering the important aspects of communications around death and dying during Covid-19.

Frequently asked questions about ‘next of kin’ and power of attorney

When you are referred to our services, one of the questions we will ask you is about your ‘next of kin’. This is a term that most people have come across without knowing exactly what it means. This leaflet aims to explain it. (more…)

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Frequently asked questions about cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR)

This leaflet gives St Christopher’s patients information about the cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) policy. You and people close to you may find it helpful to go through this leaflet with a doctor or nurse in case you have any further questions or concerns. (more…)

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Friday visits for professionals

Postponed: virtual tours coming soon

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Friday Visits

Fun Walk 2021

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Fun Walk

  • Keston Common, Kent
  • 19 September 2021
  • £10 / £4.99

Join us for Fun Walk 2021

Hospice heroes assemble!

Sign up for Fun Walk now

One walk, four routes

Starting and finishing at Keston Common there are four sponsored routes to choose from:

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3 miles
Green route

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5 miles
Pink route

funwalk blue

8 miles
Blue route

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11 miles
Yellow route

DateAdultYoung Adult (12-17)Under 12s
15 March – 30 April £6.99£4.99Free (0-11)
1 May – 30 June
£10£4.99Free (0-11)
1- 31 July£12£4.99Free (0-11)
1-31 August £15£4.99Free (0-11)
1-13 September £20£10Child 5-11 £5 
Under 5’s free

Getting to the Fun Walk

Stagecoach Selkent have kindly offered to provide a free ‘Park and Ride’ service from Norman Park as well as a pick-up and drop-off service from Bromley South Station.

You can register for the event online. We strongly encourage everyone to register this way, if you are unable to access the internet please call the Fun Walk team on 020 8768 4575.

All walkers must register in advance. Advance registration closes on 13 September. You will be sent your walker number in the post ahead of the event which must be worn on the day.

Your entry fee contributes to the running costs of Fun Walk and registration fee is non-refundable. The registration fee increases each month.

Walkers of all ages are welcome to take part. All children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. If you are under 18, you must have parental consent to take part.

The event officially starts at 8.30am. It is important that you arrive at the event to start your walk at the time you booked at registration. We ask you to return no later than 5:30pm when the event finishes, for us to congratulate you and to receive your medal! 

Yes, please let us know that you are signing up as a team. Please include your team name.

Absolutely, it’s a lovely way to remember a loved one. Please let us know when you register who you are walking in memory of.

There are four routes (3, 5, 8 or 11 miles) starting at finishing at Keston Common. The walk is not a race and you can choose the distance that suits you. We do not need to know what route you are doing in advance. You will be provided a map of all of all the routes.

As the routes contain stiles and narrow footpaths through the countryside, unfortunately the routes are not suitable for those using a wheelchair or pram.

Yes, dogs are welcome but do make sure you clear up any mess, keep dogs on leads where applicable. Please read The Countryside Code Leaflet

We do not allow the use of bicycles or scooters on this walk.

Please make sure you wear some comfortable and supportive shoes or trainers. The weather can vary so do come prepared for anything and check the forecast beforehand. The walks are country walks so the paths are uneven and can be muddy if it has rained.

By car: There is restricted parking around the common with only a few car parks for public use.

Bus Shuttle service: We suggest you take advantage of our free ‘park and ride’ service from Norman Park or our pick-up and drop-off service from Bromley South Station. This has kindly been provided free of charge by Stagecoach Selkent in support of Fun Walk.

Participants are able to purchase a t shirt for £10 adult size and £5 per junior size. T-shirts are first-come first service and subject to availability.

T-shirts will be available to purchase and pick up prior to the event on certain collection days.

Absolutely, the more creative, the better. We encourage everyone to dress up for the occasion, and there will be prizes for the best outfit!

There are no cloakroom facilities, so you will not be able to leave your belongings behind when you do the walk.

There will be hot food and refreshments and drink to purchase on the day at the start/finish point at Keston Common.

Your safety is of the utmost importance to us. We have introduced

  • wave times which have to be booked when registering to ensure there is a maximum number of people arriving at the same time.
  • contact free registration will walker numbers and maps being posted prior to the event
  • hand sanitise points at the start/finish

We ask all our walkers to be considerate of their and others wellbeing and we recommend the following

  • Always stick to the 2m rule – stay at 2m distance from members of the public (as per government guidelines)
  • Bring hand sanitiser – you will come into contact with gates and fences, please sanitise your hands to protect both yourself and others
  • Do not walk if you show any symptoms of Covid-19
  • Do not walk if you have come into contact with anyone with symptoms of Covid-19
  • Wear a face covering when at the start and finish and if you enter any public spaces along the route
  • Stay up to date, with and adhere to the current government guidelines

You can walk at your own pace, whatever your fitness level, but please ensure the distance you choose is right for you, especially If you’re taking on the longer routes.

Although there is no minimum sponsorship, we do encourage you to raise as much as you can, as your registration fee only contributes to the cost of putting on the event. The walk relies on your sponsorship to be successful. To motivate you to your fundraising milestones, this year we have some prizes to be won.

All the money raised through your online fundraising Fun Walk page will be directed straight to the hospice bank account. You can pay in your money raised offline by sending a cheque made payable to St Christopher’s to:
Fun Walk HQ, St Christopher’s Hospice, 51-59 Lawrie Park Road, Sydenham, London, SE26 6DZ no later than Sunday 24 October 2021.

Please let us know by emailing or calling the team on 020 8768 4575. If you are unable to participate in the Fun Walk for any reason, all monies collected in support of St Christopher’s must be offered back to the individual sponsors or forwarded to the charity if sponsors do not want their donations returned. You must not attend the event if you show any symptoms of Covid-19 or if you have come in to contact with anyone with symptoms of Covid-19.

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Terms and conditions

1. Registration

1.1 All persons taking part in the Event (each a “Participant”) must be registered with St Christopher’s to take part in the Event.

1.2 Each Participant must complete and submit an entry form (“Entry Form”) whether participating as an individual or in a team.

1.3 Team entries must include the names and addresses of all team members as part of the registration process.

1.4 St Christopher’s is not responsible for technical, hardware or software failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections or failed, incomplete, garbled or delayed computer or internet transmissions or other errors or malfunctions of any kind which may prevent receipt by St Christopher’s of an Entry Form.

1.5 All postal Entry Forms (if applicable) must arrive before the closing date for Event registration. Proof of postage must be obtained for postal entries and St Christopher’s accepts no responsibility for lost, damages, illegible, delayed or mislaid Entry Forms.

1.6 Entry to the Event is subject to the payment of the notified fee (and any applicable VAT) payable to St Christopher’s prior to participation in the Event (“Registration Fee”). On payment of the Registration Fee Participants may be given the opportunity to add an optional donation to St Christopher’s (“Registration Donation”).

1.7 For safety reasons age restrictions are adopted for some Events and Participants and for those who are under 18 (“Young Person”) the following may be required:

a. the prior consent of their parent or guardian to participate in the Event; and/or

b. to have an accompanying adult who is over the age of 18 on the date of the Event (“Accompanying Adult”). Any age restrictions will be set out in the Event Information and/or on the Registration Form.

1.8 An Accompanying Adult must be registered to participate in the Event as must any Young Person they are accompanying.

a. Accompanying Adults shall take full responsibility for the Young Person(s) that they are accompanying and must stay with their Young Person(s) at all times during the Event.

b. Unless otherwise agreed in advance by St Christopher’s at its sole discretion, an Accompanying Adult may accompany no more than two Young People.

1.9 For some Events, Participants will be allocated a time at which they can commence the Event. Each Participant agrees that this time cannot be changed unless St Christopher’s in its absolute discretion agrees to a change. Any permitted change will be made before or on the day of the Event and in accordance with the restrictions contained in the Event Information.

2. General

2.1  All participants and supporters must abide by the instructions or regulations displayed or given on the day of the Event by Event officials and/or volunteers/ marshals. 

2.2  We respectfully ask that all participants and supporters do not use aggressive or abusive language towards our Event organisers, marshals, officials, volunteers and other participants. You should also avoid behaving in a way which may cause injury or harm to other participants and/or spectators, or which may cause offence or damage the reputation of St Christopher’s.

2.3  We respectfully ask that all participants and supporters do not drop litter but instead use the litter and recycling facilities available along the route(s) or take litter home to dispose of responsibly.

2.4  Any participant bringing a dog to the Event (where permitted) must act in a responsible manner by making sure that:

• The dog is kept on a lead, under close control always, and any usual equipment (muzzle / harness etc.) used to control the dog is employed on the day.

• The dog has a collar with a clearly identifiable tag.

• Adequate water is supplied for the dog to keep them hydrated.

• Any dog mess is cleaned up and disposed of responsibly.

• All instructions given by the Event Manager and officials/marshals on the day are adhered to.

2.5  We reserve the right to ask participants and supporters to leave an Event if they do not adhere to these Rules. 

2.6  By taking part in the Event participants confirm that neither St Christopher’s nor its sponsors or suppliers will be liable for any loss, damage, illness or injury whatsoever directly or indirectly occasioned by or resulting from their participation in the Event; Including any negligence, wrongful act or default of St Christopher’s, its sponsors, suppliers and/or their respective agents or from any other causes, including any act of God or the participants physical condition. For the avoidance of doubt, nothing in this clause shall exclude or limit our liability for any liability that cannot be excluded or limited by law. 

3. Health & Safety and Medical 

3.1  All Events are non-competitive, non-UKA accredited walks, jogs or runs.

3.2  Participants are responsible for ensuring that they are sufficiently fit and healthy to take part in the Event. Anyone unsure of their physical ability to take part in an Event must therefore seek medical advice from a general practitioner prior to the Event. 

3.3 Notwithstanding rule 3.2 above, we reserve the right to refuse entry to an Event in our absolute discretion, with no refund provided, if for whatever reason we consider a person unfit to take part. We may also ask you to withdraw during an Event if we have concerns about your ability to complete it due to fitness, injury or otherwise. If you choose to continue you do so with the understanding that you are no longer considered a participant of the Event and that you absolve us of all and any responsibility, and progress entirely at your own risk.

3.4 Participants are responsible for ensuring that they are wearing appropriate attire (including footwear) when taking part in an Event, considering the nature of the Event, the weather forecast and the terrain involved.

3.5  All participants must write the following on the reverse of their official Walker Number (if provided), which must be worn on the front of shirts during the Event:

• Their name.

• The details of any health problems or current medication.

• The name and number of a person to contact in case of an emergency.

3.6  We take all reasonable steps to minimise the risk of injury to participants during fundraising events. Stringent risk assessment processes are in place for each Event which aim to minimise or eliminate the risk to everyone taking part. By taking part in an Event, all participants acknowledge that there may be conditions or circumstances beyond our control that can lead to unforeseen risks.

3.7  For your own safety, the organisers expect all those people taking part in this charity walk to observe carefully all the relevant rules in the Highway Code and to obey all reasonable safety instructions communicated verbally by Walk Officials, staff, volunteers and marshals or by any signs on route.  Walk with care and consideration of others on the roads and paths.

4. Sponsorship Money and Donations 

4.1 All participants have a legal responsibility to ensure that all sponsorship monies/donations received in connection with an Event are paid to St Christopher’s, and we ask that you do this as soon as possible after the Event and no later than Sunday 24 October 2021. Money pledged via online fundraising pages is collected automatically.

4.2  Please ensure that all sponsorship forms are filled out in full and are returned to us to enable Gift Aid to be claimed where possible. 

5. Use of your information

5.1 By providing your information when you register for an Event, you agree that we will use this information for the purposes of organising, staging and administering the Event, processing your donations and any eligible Gift Aid, including to send you your fundraising pack. We may also contact you about our work, fundraising initiatives and opportunities to support us. If you do not wish to receive future marketing from us, please call 020 8768 4575 or email  

5.2 In the case of an emergency we may also pass personal details provided (either when registering for the Event or on the reverse of your Event number) to the emergency services or health care professionals and use them for the purposes of contacting your emergency contact.

5.3  First aid facilities will be provided at each Event. If you are treated by medical providers at an Event, your details may be passed on to us only for health and safety purposes and to fulfil our legal obligations (including those under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995). All accident details will be held on our database.

5.4  All personal information held by us will be handled in accordance with applicable privacy laws and our privacy statement which can be found at or you can ask us for a printed copy.

6. Filming and Photography at our Events

 6.1 Please note that St Christopher’s (or our authorised service providers and agents) may film or photograph participants, volunteers and spectators taking part or attending Events and use such footage or photographs for the following reasons : (i) for St Christopher’s to publicise the Event for commercial and/or fundraising purposes including, but not limited to, television broadcasts, advertising, publications, marketing material, merchandising, and other documents that may be made available to the public; and (ii) for our sponsors, suppliers or partners to publicise their involvement and/or association with the Event.

7. Withdrawal, refunds and Cancellation policy

7.1 All Registration Fees are non-refundable and may not be deferred toward a future Event.

7.2 No refund shall be given under any circumstances for purchases of travel tickets, T-shirts, hoodies or other merchandise save in accordance with the terms and conditions of purchase for items bought directly from St Christopher’s or statutory consumer law.

7.3 St Christopher’s reserves the right to alter the Event Date, the start time or other details of the Event as required. If changes to the Event are made, St Christopher’s shall update the Event Information on the Website and notify all Participants affected as soon as reasonably practicable. No refund in full or part shall be made in respect of any change to the Event, subject to paragraph 7.4 below.

7.4 In the event of a change of the Event Date, Participants will have the right within 15 days of receiving notice of the change to:

i. withdraw from the Event and request in writing a refund of their Registration Fee; or

ii. transfer their registration to another individual who agrees to be bound by these Terms and Conditions.

7.5 If St Christopher’s does not receive a written request from any Participant for a refund of their Registration Fee in accordance with paragraphs 7.7 (below), St Christopher’s will treat the Participant’s Registration Fee as a donation to St Christopher’s.

7.6 In the event that St Christopher’s is forced to cancel the Event for any reason, St Christopher’s will notify each Participant as soon as possible. If St Christopher’s gives notice to cancel an Event in the UK then:

i. affected Participants will not be entitled to a refund of their associated travel costs; and

ii. any refund of Participants’ associated accommodation costs will be entirely at St Christopher’s own discretion, taking into account all circumstances surrounding the Event and its cancellation.,

7.7 If a Participant wishes to claim a refund of its Registration Fee for any cancelled Event or any associated travel and accommodation costs (in line with the restrictions set out above) then the participant must

i. notify St Christopher’s of this in writing within 15 days of St Christopher’s sending notification of the Event cancellation;


ii. provide St Christopher’s with reasonable evidence of payment of all their associated travel and/or accommodation costs for which a refund is being claimed.

8. Acceptance of these Terms and Conditions

8.1  By registering to participate in the Event, a Participant agrees to be bound by these Terms and Conditions.

8.2 If any provisions in these Terms and Conditions, whether in full or in part, is held to be invalid or unenforceable, all other remaining provisions (in full or in part) shall continue to be valid and enforceable.

8.3 St Christopher’s may vary these Terms and Conditions from time to time and the up to date terms shall be available on the Website.

8.4 These Terms and Conditions and any dispute or claim that arises out of or in connection with them is governed by and construed in accordance with English law. The English courts have exclusive jurisdiction to settle any dispute or claim that may arise out of or in connection with these Terms and Conditions.

Motivate your milestones

We have some great prizes to be won for sponsorship collected online! 

If you have set up a team fundraising page you can still unlock our incentives but you need to raise the money per person in the team. 

Raise money

Raise £100

15 August

By Sunday 15 August

funwalk merchandise tshirt

Win a Fun Walk T-shirt*

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£100 could pay for a community nurse to visit a patient at night when no other services are available.

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Raise £250

26 September

By Sunday 26 September

funwalk merchandise cap

Win a limited-edition ‘Hospice Hero’ hat

£250 could provide telephone counselling to help 10 recently bereaved children manage their grief.

Raise money

Raise £500

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By Sunday 26 September

funwalk merchandise hoodie

Win a St Christopher’s ‘Hospice Hero’ hoodie

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£500 could keep a confused patient safe with a special alarmed mattress to alert nurses if they move.

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Spread the word on social media

Let everybody know you’re a proud hospice hero!  Simply choose your favourite image to save to your social media to recruit friends and family to walk with you or sponsor you.

We can all be hospice heros

What to wear

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Look the part when you walk, with a Fun Walk t-shirt!

At just £10 for adult sizes and £5 for junior sizes, you can purchase an exclusive Fun Walk t-shirt with 100% of the profit going to St Christopher’s.

T-shirts are available to purchase on 23 and 24 August at St Christopher’s Orpington Site and 28 August, 2 and 3 September at St Christopher’s Sydenham Site.

Dog bandanas

Coming soon!

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T-shirts will be available to purchase at the event or on our specified collect days below:

St Christopher’s, Caritas House, Tregony Road, Orpington BR6 9XA

  • Monday 23 August, 10am-3pm
  • Wednesday 25 August, 3-7pm.

St Christopher’s, 51-59 Lawrie Park Road, Sydenham, London SE26 6DZ

  • Saturday 28 August, 10.30am-4.30pm
  • Thursday 2 September, 4pm-7.30pm
  • Sunday 5 September, 10.30am-4pm.

Paying in sponsorship

Every pound you raise really does make a huge difference.

Our work is made possible by the passion and creativity of people like you. The COVID-19 pandemic has hit our fundraising hard, so your support means so much to us.

Pay in your sponsorship

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“We’ve been working hard at Fun Walk HQ to make sure that you’ll have a safe day to remember. Supporting one another feels more important than ever and this event is a great way to show your support for our nurses, remember loved ones and raise money to support the care of people in our community facing the end of their lives”.

Jo Mowbray, Senior Event Fundraiser

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We can all be hospice heros

Weblinks and Resource Lists

Funeral Costs Help

Gardens Opening by Court Lane Garden Group, Dulwich

Three attractive and interesting gardens, all backing on to Dulwich Park. Open for the Mark Evison Foundation with a 10% donation to St Christopher’s Hospice

Court Lane Garden Group, Dulwich SE21 7EA (three gardens)

  • 1 Court Lane Gardens
  • 118 Court Lane
  • 142 Court Lane
  • Parking in surrounding roads
  • Refreshments at 142 Court Lane
  • Plant sale at 142 Court Lane
  • Supervised children free

1 Court Lane Gardens (first time opening)

A wildlife and naturalistic family garden designed by Chelsea medal winner Jane Brockbank and featured in the RHS “Design Outdoors” book.  It includes a Spring-themed front garden and a rear garden with wildflower area, a natural swimming pool and a focus on native plants.  It tries to reflect the style of English hedgerows and meadows, interspersed with designed beds and grasses.  Visitors last year included over 20 species of birds, a dozen types of butterfly and regular summer evening pipistrelle bats.  Not wheelchair accessible.  The pool means that young children require careful supervision

118 Court Lane – Margaret Evison

Beautiful plantsman’s garden with many unusual and interesting plants.  The front garden is white with evergreen leaf colour; at the back a terrace leads on to a lovely lawn with stunning wide herbaceous borders, through an arch to a shady “meditation” rose garden, and through another arch to a pond area teeming with wildlife, and a spectacular wild meadow given a Special Award by the London Gardens Society. Wheelchair access to terrace only.  The pond means that young children require careful supervision.

142 Court Lane – Jeremy & Jackie Prescott

Half-acre country-style garden featuring old-fashioned roses, mixed borders, fruit trees, wildflower area and a vegetable garden, all on a circular theme.  Blue-plaque former home of Anne Shelton, the wartime Forces’ Favourite.  Wheelchair accessible.  Plant sales (please bring your own bags) and home-made teas at 142 Court Lane.

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Goal setting

Session 1 of the Fit for Life programme

Knowing what you want to achieve and how to achieve it can be tricky. In this video we explore how and why we set goals as well as breaking down the process so that you can achieve your aims. The document in the video is available here and is thanks to Dr Sally Boa.


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Bereavement support | Helpline

Grief Talk


Guidelines when using syringe pump community charts


Hand massage

Alternative video (no introduction):

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hand massage


Healthcare associated infection – how you can help reduce it

Infection control is everyone’s responsiblity. This leaflet aims to help patients and their visitors understand the importance of preventing infection. We have replied to the most commonly asked questions but if you have any other concerns or questions, please speak to your nurse. (more…)

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HEE guidance: Learning disability

HEE guidance: In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, HEE, Skills for Care and the Department of Health and Social Care have decided to extend the deadline for tenders for trial and evaluation partners for the Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training to 24 April at 18:00. This was communicated on 18 March, to those who had expressed an interest in bidding. The delay of one month extends the time existing bidders have left to submit from 7 to 26 working days

Help during your bereavement

Is it normal to feel this way?

When someone who is important to us dies it can feel unbearable, as though our whole world has changed. As unique individuals, our response to loss is also likely to be unique, and can be affected by the relationship we had with the person who died. There is no right or wrong way to grieve. (more…)

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Helping Hands Volunteers

This leaflet explains what you can expect from St Christopher’s Helping Hands volunteers. We hope to answer the most commonly asked questions. If you have any more questions please ask your
doctor or nurse.

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Helping someone to take their medication

Marie Curie’s advice on ‘Helping someone to take their medicine’
Weblinks and Resource Lists

Hope Again

A service for young people from Cruse

Cruse provide a helpline and other support for young people aged 12-18 following a bereavement. 


How to complain or comment about our services

You can now make a complaint on our website using our feedback form. All feedback can be anonymous if you wish, although if you would like us to contact you to further discuss your comments then you will need to leave a way for us to contact you.

1 How to comment or complain about our services

Your comments help to improve our services.

We improve our services by listening to and learning from your comments and complaints. Please talk to any of our staff at any time. You can also put a note in the suggestions box at reception – you don’t have to give your name. (more…)

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Weblinks and Resource Lists

If something happens to you as a carer

Weblinks and Resource Lists

If something happens to you as a carer


Information about oxygen

1 Why have I been given oxygen?

Oxygen is vital for our bodies and having low oxygen levels can make you feel very unwell. There are many causes of low oxygen levels: for example, chronic lung diseases, pneumonia and blood clots in the lungs. (more…)

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Weblinks and Resource Lists

Information about PPE

Personal protective equipment (PPE), environmental decontamination, clinical waste and aerosol generating procedures.

Information for carers of our patients

This leaflet aims to answer questions that you may have about caring and St Christopher’s. We hope to answer your concerns by concentrating on the most commonly asked questions. If you have any more questions please ask your doctor or healthcare professional.


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Weblinks and Resource Lists

Information to support education for care homes


Infusion administration record checklist

Virtual learning

Introduction to End of Life Care Course for Health and Social Care Assistants

During the pandemic, this course is delivered virtually

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Virtual learning

Introduction to End of Life Care for Registered Nurses, Nursing Associates and Allied Health Professionals

A Hospice Education and Learning Partnership (HELP) Course

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Introduction to Qigong

Introduction to supporting people with living with and dying from dementia

Bereavement support

Jewish Bereavement Counselling Service

Help in bereavement

Jurassic Coast Challenge (Ultra Challenge Series)

Enjoy the spectacular Jurassic Coast – a World Heritage site

The Jurassic Coast Challenge has now been changed to the 22–23 May in order to comply with the new restrictions and safety regulations on large scale outdoor events.

You can now can take on the spectacular Jurassic Coast from a new start location in Corfe Castle, following a great route which loops down to Swanage then across to Lulworth Cove & Durdle Door, with ups & downs to the Weymouth halfway stop. For 100km challengers, it’s along the end of Chesil Beach to West Bay’s famous cliffs (of TV’s Broadchurch) with a finish line celebration in vibrant Bridport.

You’ll get full support & hospitality – and with half, marathon, and quarter distance options available – there’s a Jurassic Coast Challenge for everyone, and a most welcome return to the trails!

This event is organised by Ultra Challenge Series and Action Challenge.

Let us know if you are taking part.

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Just in case – medication for symptom control

This leaflet will provide you with information about the medicines that may have been prescribed for you in injectable form. If you have any questions or concerns please speak to your doctor or nurse.


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Bereavement support

King’s College Hospital Charity Bereavement Service

Lake District Challenge (Ultra Challenge Series)

Take on England’s finest countryside

New for 2021 – walk, jog or run the Lake District Challenge while raising funds for St Christopher’s. Test yourself on a fantastic Ultra Challenge – suitable for all experience levels – and you will get the best support and hospitality all the way.

Our Challenge Base Camp is in Kendal. From there it’s a 100km anticlockwise loop taking in a couple of tough hills, Ambleside, a half way point by Lake Windermere, forests, and nature reserves – with some stunning views along the way – before a huge welcome and celebration back at Base Camp after a momentous journey. Push yourself further – 100km full Challenge, with half and quarter options also available.

This event is organised by Ultra Challenge Series and Action Challenge.

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Lantern Model webinar series

Focusing on the Lantern Model, the first new model of palliative and end of life care nursing for 30 years

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Leaflets for healthcare professionals

St Christopher’s has produced a range of information leaflets for patients and carers. Healthcare professionals and other organisations may use this material providing St Christopher’s is credited as author. Copyright remains with St Christopher’s Hospice. For further information regarding use of leaflet material, please contact the Communications Manager on tel: 020 8768 4585 or email:
Weblinks and Resource Lists

Learning Disability Service useful resources

A range of resources and printable materials from Oxford Health NHS
Bereavement support

Lewisham Bereavement Counselling

Providing counselling and advice services for the bereaved people living in the Borough of Lewisham

Lewisham Carer Telephone Support Service

A telephone support service for Lewisham carers to assess your needs and help you in your caring role.

Are you caring for someone who has a terminal illness or is nearing the end of their life? St Christopher’s Hospice provides the Lewisham Carer Telephone Support Service for Lewisham residents. This telephone support service can assess your needs and help you in your caring role.


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Live music events

Professional musicians from around the world on your doorstep

Join us throughout the year for this celebration of music at St Christopher’s Hospice in Sydenham. Now in its 10th year, our live music events take place on the first Thursday of every month at 7.30pm.

Tickets include canapés and a glass of wine during the interval. Entry is free for all of our patients.

2021 concerts

To hear about our 2021 concerts, sign up to receive our email updates.

You can also book by telephoning reception on 0208 768 4500 – money will be payable on the door.

If you cancel a reserved place please let us know as numbers are limited.

‘Such variety, every evening is a new adventure’

‘Thank you for these wonderful musical evenings’

‘A rare treat – great music, great wine, great food’

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Bereavement support

Living On

Living On helps and supports Children, Young People and Families in the Bromley Area to cope through the grieving process

Living Well at Home

What is the Living Well at Home Team?

The Living Well at Home Team consists of therapists and volunteers working towards your goals with you in your own home. They can support you to try to improve your mobility, cope with breathlessness or fatigue, avoid falls, or enable you to better manage your activities of daily living.


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London Landmarks Half Marathon

Join us on London's only half marathon through Westminster and the City

This event will celebrate the grand, quirky and hidden landmark moments of 2020 and 2021. While participants run past some of London’s most spectacular landmarks, the organisers will be shining a light on how we are coming together as a nation during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The race starts by The Strand, finishes by Downing Street and has fabulous views of London’s most iconic landmarks including Big Ben, St Paul’s Cathedral, Nelson’s Column, the Gherkin, the Shard, the Tower of London and the London Eye.

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London Loops Challenge

Walk, Jog, or Run the Capital

Time outdoors and regular exercise are always important, but even more so now. That’s why we’re promoting Ultra Challenge Series’ latest virtual challenge, so that you can do something fun while adhering to government guidance and looking after your physical and mental wellbeing.

From February 1 to February 28 you can take on the London Loops Challenge by walking, running, or jogging one or more of the available routes throughout the month.

Choose from four distances:

  • Jubilee Greenway (60km)
  • Capital Ring (124km)
  • London Loop (242km)
  • London Countryway (346km)

Check out each of the routes on the challenge virtual map – Virtual Map – Ultra Challenges

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London Summer Walk

Ultra Challenge has rescheduled their annual Winter Walk to… the Summer!

The event will take place in the exact same route, distances and scenery as the Winter Walk but this time with t-shirts, shorts and (hopefully!) sunshine. Sign up as a team or individually and take to the Capital for a full or half marathon looped route starting and finishing at The Oval Cricket Ground. The routes take in highlights of the Thames and its historic bridges, and many of the Capital’s key landmarks – an active and fun day out in the City!

Covid confident: There is a Covid proven – secure format, with plenty of outdoors space and staggered timings.

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London To Brighton (Ultra Challenge Series)

Take on this challenge over the bank holiday from capital to coast.

London to BrightonEnjoy the 2021 May bank holiday with an adventure across the North Downs and wonderful Surrey and Sussex countryside to Turners Hill (the half way point for the full challenge distance). From here, the 100km route heads up and over the South Downs before the welcome sight of the Brighton coastline comes in to view.

Walk, jog or run the full 100km, and with half and quarter distance options there’s a challenge for everyone to support St Christopher’s.

This event is organised by Ultra Challenge Series and Action Challenge.

Let us know if you are taking part.

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London to Brighton


Lying exercises

Exercises that you can do lying down

Please note that all exercises demonstrated and repetitions suggested are a guide. Please start with whatever you can do and build up gradually over time. Remember to rest as needed between repetitions and between exercises. If you feel dizzy or have chest pains when exercising stop immediately and seek medical help. 

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Management Course for StRs and SAS Doctors in Palliative Medicine


Managing acute disturbance in the context of COVID-19

National Association of Psychiatric Intensive Care guidance on supporting patients presenting acute disturbance

Managing breathlessness

Four videos designed to give people advice about managing breathlessness
Weblinks and Resource Lists

Managing the COVID-19 pandemic in care homes

British Geriatrics Society have developed guidance to help care home staff and NHS staff who work with them to support residents

Managing your Breathlessness Booklet

Practical advice and techniques to help you manage your breathlessness

Living with breathlessness can be very distressing. Breathlessness itself can lead to inefficient breathing patterns, reduced activity and fitness, as well as anxiety and panic.

Each of these effects can increase breathlessness, creating negative spirals of increasing breathlessness and distress.

This booklet will provide you with practical advice and techniques to help you manage your breathlessness.


StChris Managing your breathlessness booklet



Session 6 of the Fit for Life programme


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Measuring blood pressure – visual support

A lesson for all health and care workers in measuring the blood pressure of a patient in relation to National Early Warning Score (NEWS)

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Measuring blood sugar

This video shows you how to check your blood glucose level.

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Weblinks and Resource Lists

Medicines A to Z

NHS A to Z list of medicines

Meditation and Mindfulness sessions – watch again


Mental Capacity Act (MCA) and the COVID-19 crisis


Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus (MRSA)

This leaflet has been devised to help patients and their visitors to understand MRSA.

We hope to answer your concerns by concentrating on the most commonly asked questions. If you have any more questions please ask your doctor or nurse. (more…)

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Mindfulness Live Events

Stirling Moorey is a Consultant Psychiatrist in CBT, South London and Maudsley NHS Trust and Visiting Senior Lecturer Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience. Stirling provides weekly mindfulness sessions. To be included in the notifications for these sessions, please email Stirling on

Bereavement support

Miscarriage Association

UK charity providing info & support for those who've experienced pregnancy loss

Morning prayer

Join our Spiritual Care team as they take you through a morning prayer. Please note that the next and final morning prayer will take place on Tuesday 22 September. Thank you to everyone who has join us for our morning prayers during the pandemic.

All our online sessions are free to join. If you are able to, please consider a small donation to our emergency appeal.

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Morphine and other opioids for pain

‘Opioids’ are a group of medicines used to treat and manage moderate to severe pain. The most widely-known opioid is morphine. Others include oxycodone, fentanyl and codeine. Opioids work well for many types of pain and are most commonly used after surgery and for cancer pain.


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Motor Neurone Disease: The Annual Conference

Move My Way

Walk, run or cycle to support St Christopher's

We’ve launched Move My Way so that you can support St Christopher’s simply by walking, running or cycling in your own time and at your own pace. Using the fitness App, Strava, you can upload and track your activity and connect with other St Christopher’s supporters on the Move My Way Strava groups.

There is no registration fee and no required participation amount. It doesn’t matter whether you’re running 50 miles or walking 5; you’re part of Team St Christopher’s either way.

Move My Way is perfect for anyone simply looking to improve or maintain their fitness through walking, cycling or running. And, there’s good news if you’re a little on the competitive side: Strava has plenty of new challenges each month for you to take on!

Sign up using the form below to receive an invitation to join the Move My Way Strava groups.

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MSc, Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate in Palliative Care

Highly praised by the United Kingdom Quality Assurance Agency

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MSc, Postgraduate Diploma and Postgraduate Certificate in Palliative Care

Bereavement support

Murdered Abroad

A support group for families, partners and friends of the victims of murder and manslaughter abroad

My Marathon Virtual Running Challenge

Run, walk, hop, skip or jump a marathon for St Christopher's - either in one go or split over any number of days!

Enter online now

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Virgin London Marathon

My Santa Run

Get in the festive spirit and support your local hospice this Christmas by taking on the My Santa Run Challenge. It’s easy to take part and free to register. All you need to do is run 5km any time between 1 and 31 December. You can complete the 5km in one go or you can spread it across several days and you can do it wherever suits you best, whether that’s the local park, on your street or somewhere else.

Three reasons why you should take on this challenge:

  1. Running is a great way to keep fit and it can boost your mental health and wellbeing
  2. Even though it’s been a tough year, it’s important to celebrate the festive season and this is a great way to do so
  3. St Christopher’s needs your support this Christmas. Whether you run 5km and raise £50 or run further and raise £500, you’ll be making an important difference.

What’s next?

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National 3 Peaks Challenge

Take on the highest mountains in the UK!

Are you looking for the challenge of your lifetime? Grab your socks and walking boots to support our patients and nurses at St Christopher’s. Brace yourself for a fast-paced and physically challenging adventure as you take on the three highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales, Ben Nevis (1,345m), Scafell Pike (978m) and Snowdon (1,085m).

An early rise to take on Ben Nevis; tackle Scafell Pike at night; and finish your challenge on Wales’ infamous peak: Snowdon. The real challenge is reaching the summit of all three peaks in just 24 hours. Over the course of two days, you will trek around 26 miles and ascend to a total height of almost 3,000m.

This event is organised by Charity Challenge.

You can book on the following 2021 dates:

  • 4 June – 6 June 2021
  • 9 July – 11 July 2021
  • 6 August – 8 August 2021
  • 17 September – 19 September 2021
  • 1 October – 3 October 2021

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NHS Advance Care Planning

This guide is for people who are approaching the end of their life. Some parts of it may also be useful for people who are caring for someone who is dying, or people who want to plan in advance for their own end of life care.
Weblinks and Resource Lists

NHS England: Infection control

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Environmental decontamination, Clinical waste & Aerosol generating procedures

NHS staff support telephone line

The NHS have introduced a confidential staff support line, operated by the Samaritans and free to access from 7:00am – 11:00pm, seven days a week.

No Recourse to Public Funds Toolkit webinar

Join us for the launch of the ground-breaking guide, 'Do You See Us?'

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Zoom webinar

Non-Medical Prescribers – Community of Practice

Annual Subscription Nov 2020 - Oct 2021

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Update for Independent Nurse and Pharmacist Prescribers in Palliative Care

Open Garden at 52 Goodhart Way, West Wickham

Open by arrangement

  • Parking in surrounding roads
  • No dogs except guide dogs
  • Supervised children free

This charming suburban garden is open from Monday 17 May until September by arrangement directly with the garden owners Viv and Stan who are delighted to welcome you for a tour of their stunning garden at an agreed time.

This attractive garden is full of colour, shape and interest.  A real plant-filled oasis, this previous winner of the “Bromley in Bloom” Premier Back Garden award has a large variety of flowering and foliage plants which continue the colour into late autumn.

A small patio leads to the lawn which is surrounded by mixed borders of perennials, roses and shrubs with many climbing plants against trellised fences. The main garden has an informal pond area with steps to a courtyard garden with a beautiful rose-covered arch, box edged central beds and borders crammed with more perennials, shrubs, climbing roses and clematis.

Please note: Access to the garden is via the garage so please ensure you bring a face covering for use until you are in the garden area.

Refreshments will be served by arrangement for an additional donation.

If you would like to book a visit, please liaise directly with the garden owner Viv Roach:


Telephone: 020 8776 1141 or mobile: 07986 861656

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Open Gardens at 103 and 105 Dulwich Village

  • Parking in surrounding roads
  • Refreshments available
  • Plant sale
  • Supervised children free
  • No dogs (except guide dogs)

Two stunning gardens in neighbouring Georgian houses stretching back to Dulwich Park. These spectacular gardens are both beautifully planted with an abundance of colour and interest. There’s so much to see in both gardens – a formal lily pond, waterfall and an ancient mulberry tree – a haven for wildlife and a perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon. 

103 Dulwich Village

Beautiful garden featuring plants and shrubs, some very unusual, chosen for colour and shape throughout the year. 

The wall is decked with varied climbers behind a long, mixed border containing a wide range of herbaceous plants, leading to a spacious child/picnic-friendly lawn. Steps will take you up to a formal lily pond teeming with fish, newts, frogs, dragonflies and other wildlife. The pond is surrounded by a paved area and flower beds filled with roses and other colourful plants. there is a Victorian-style greenhouse with vegetable and a soft fruit area beyond. Enjoy teas on the lawn accompanied by a wind band performance.

Access to 105 next door through the gate. 

105 Dulwich Village

A very pretty flower-lover’s garden with blue and white planting round a formal goldfish pond.

Filled with glorious colours to attract bees and butterflies, there are loads of old-fashioned roses, fine delphiniums, many unusual perennials and planters full of jolly annuals. Showstopper is the ancient mulberry tree and waterfall into the pond with newts and other wildlife including leeches (please note, children will need to be supervised in this area). There are also several attractive greenhouses to explore (early 20th Century).

Extensive plant sales from both gardens. Please bring your own bags.

Visiting information

  • Rail: North Dulwich or West Dulwich then 10-15 mins walk
  • Tube: Brixton then P4 bus, alight at Dulwich Picture Gallery stop
  • Street parking
  • Combined entry £8, children free. Sorry no dogs. No disabled access in either garden.

These are both large gardens with plenty of space but please do adhere to any signage or one way systems that may be in place around the garden to enable adequate social distancing.

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Oxygen saturation measurement – visual support

Palliative And End Of Life Care Foundations

Standalone module at Level 6 (degree) or optional module for the post-qualification BSc programme for registered nurses

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Palliative And End Of Life Care Foundations

Palliative and End of Life Care Symptom Management


Palliative Rehabilitation

A useful video from All Ireland Institute of Hospice and Palliative Care

Preparing for a funeral

A funeral is a significant event. It may not be easy to think about, whether your own or that of a relative; for example how best to commemorate a life, what to include or leave out. However, planning a funeral can be helpful for those who are approaching the end of life and is one way of ensuring that their wishes are respected. (more…)

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Pressure ulcers

Remember that skin awareness is key to early prevention.

What is a pressure ulcer?

A pressure ulcer is damage that occurs on the surface and underlying tissues of the skin due to the lack of blood and oxygen supply. You may have known them as pressure sores or bedsores, but they are now called pressure ulcers.


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PRN As required – SC Injection chart


Putting on PPE – visual support

YouTube video – Infection prevention control guidance to staff – Donning and Doffing

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QELCA© Trainers CPD Series

Quality End of Life Care for All (QELCA)©

Quality End of Life Care for All (QELCA©) Train the Trainer Programme

Bereavement support


Re-engage exists to support older people who live alone and find it hard to get out in normal times

Re-use of medicines in care homes webinar

Presented by Bethan Warner, Integrated Care Pharmacist – Care Homes and Lelly Oboh Consultant Pharmacist, Care of Older People Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Important information: Both the Webinar and Q&A session were presented on 1 June 2021 by Lelly Oboh and Bethan Warner. All content was accurate at the time.



Re-use of medicines in care homes webinar presentation (PPT converted to PDF)
Re-use of medicines in care homes webinar Q&A (PDF)

The webinar is presented by Bethan Warner, Integrated Care Pharmacist – Care Homes and Lelly Oboh Consultant Pharmacist, Care of Older People Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.

Presented by

Bethan Warner Integrated Care Pharmacist

Bethan Warner is Care Home Pharmacy team lead pharmacist for Integrated Care, Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Trust.

The team work with nursing homes in Lambeth and Southwark, delivering person-centred medicines reviews for the residents and providing “Care Home centred care” to support the care homes with their medicines processes.

Lelly Oboh Consultant Pharmacist

Lelly Oboh is a Consultant Pharmacist (care of older people) with considerable experience working within general practice, care homes and integrated care teams in the community to optimise medicines use .

Her leadership role involves championing innovative pharmacy service developments, showcasing and driving uptake at local and national levels.

Her areas of interest include patient centred care, deprescribing, frailty, care co-ordination, transfer of care, medicines use in care homes and social care settings.

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Regular and Single Stat Dose – SC and IM – Injections Chart



A short guided relaxation exercise.

Please note that all exercises demonstrated and repetitions suggested are a guide. Please start with whatever you can do and build up gradually over time. Remember to rest as needed between repetitions and between exercises. If you feel dizzy or have chest pains when exercising stop immediately and seek medical help. 


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Remembering with St Christopher’s

Your memories are a light that never goes out

We know how important it is to remember those we love who are no longer with us. That’s why, in December every year, we organise our Remembering with St Christopher’s event. This is an opportunity to dedicate a light in the name of someone you love.

If you missed the event you can watch it again via Facebook and YouTube

Remembering friends and family during the pandemic has been especially challenging. Given that we can’t all gather in the same place due to social distancing, it’s more important than ever that we find alternative ways to come together to remember.

That is why this year, we invite you to take time out to remember loved ones and watch our Remembering with St Christopher’s event online. This free event was led by our Spiritual Care Lead and includes musical performances from London Mozart Players, singers from popular West End show, Blood Brothers and readings by St Christopher’s staff.

Andrew Goodhead, Spiritual Care Lead, says: “Bereavement doesn’t end; it’s lived with, and we stay bereaved. Making personal and shared times to remember someone who has died, recognises the ongoing ties that we still have with that person. Our service of remembrance aims to bring comfort and a sense of shared support in your grief, despite all our very different experiences. Whether you lost someone unexpectedly to the COVID-19 virus, or you weren’t able to attend the funeral of someone you loved, this event is an opportunity to mark the loss, as part of the community”.

All dedication names will be displayed on our website until 6 January.

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Resilience webinar for those in South East London


Rising to the Challenge in Nursing webinar series

Webinar series

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Bereavement support


National Charity for Road Crash Victims

Royal Parks Foundation Half Marathon

A stunning run through four of London’s eight Royal Parks

Starting and finishing in the stunning Hyde Park, the Royal Parks Half Marathon is one of the most exciting distance runs on offer in London. Over 16,000 runners take part in the 13.1 mile route, showcasing the iconic sights of London through four Royal Parks (Hyde Park, Kensington Gardens, St James’s Park, and Green Park) and past some of the capital’s most historic landmarks, including Buckingham Palace, Horse Guards Parade and the Royal Albert Hall. Although undulating in parts, the course is not hilly and is great for either experienced or first time half marathon runners.

Own Place

We have no charity places remaining. If you are lucky enough to secure your own place, we would love you to run for Team St Christopher’s. There is no registration fee and we ask you to raise as much as you can. You will receive a full support with your fundraising.

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Bereavement support | Helpline


24 hour support line

For anyone at anytime for any reason

116 123 (24 hour support line)
Bereavement support | Helpline


Free confidential helpline after death of a baby

0808 164 3332
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