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About St Christopher’s

St Christopher’s Hospice exists to promote and provide skilled and compassionate palliative care of the highest quality.

"You gave us a sensitive, caring, dignified and humane end to our mum's life"


At St Christopher’s Hospice our vision is of a world in which all dying people and those close to them have access to the care and support they need, when and wherever they need it.

In order to make this vision a reality we have developed five priorities which give direction to all that we do. These are:

  • Driving innovation and new models of care
  • Empowering the public around death, dying and loss
  • Extending our reach
  • Ensuring our long term sustainability
  • Maintaining and improving the quality of care provided by us and others

We were founded in 1967 by Dame Cicely Saunders and, over 50 years later, her words still remain at the heart of everything we do: “You matter because you are you and you matter until the last moment of your life.”

Each person is unique and we tailor our care to meet social, emotional and spiritual needs, as well as manage physical symptoms. Every year we provide care and support to over 6,500 people across south east London, both at home and in the hospice.

We passionately believe that everyone should have access to the best care at the end of their lives and have an extensive education programme, working with people across the world, to improve and develop hospice care.

We rely on donations to care for our patients and those close to them. Please help us to raise funds to continue this important work by donating to St Christopher’s. Thank you.