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St Christopher’s Personal Care expands its services

With demand growing from people looking for support to stay independent in their own homes as they age, from October, St Christopher’s Personal Care service is expanding its services to include services such as help getting out and about, companionship and assistance with appointments as well as ...READ MORE

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Making Great Strides

Every Thursday at 1.30pm a walking group from the hospice sets off to enjoy the outdoors, while improving their health and wellbeing, and they’ve made great strides since they stepped out for the first time a year ago. On Thursday 3 October, the group will celebrate their first birthday in the ...READ MORE

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Record Breaking Crystal Palace

Just a week after opening, the new Crystal Palace fashion boutique is already breaking records. We hoped that this shop would be a great success but we didn't dream that it would bring in over £7,000 in sales during it's first seven days of trading. We have been delighted by the feedback we hav ...READ MORE

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Grand Christmas Raffle tickets and Christmas cards now on sale

We are pleased to launch the St Christopher’s Grand Christmas Raffle! Our top prize this year is a £2,500 John Lewis voucher. BUY GRAND CHRISTMAS RAFFLE TICKETS ONLINE Enter our Grand Christmas Raffle by Friday 18 October 2019 for your chance to win one of five extra £10 John Lewis vouchers  ...READ MORE

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Achievements 2019

St Christopher's on BBC2Over 3 million people tuned in to watch St Christopher’s in 'We Need to Talk About Death'. Fun WalkOver 3,000 of you signed up for Fun Walk in May on Keston Common, raising an astounding £166,000!   Remarkable RetailMove over Amazon; in the last financial ...READ MORE

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Improving our wards

When you come to stay on our wards, it is so important to have somewhere calm and comfortable to relax and make those most difficult days a little bit brighter.  Katie Hill has been staying with us for the last couple of weeks and knows just what a difference having a warm and welcoming env ...READ MORE

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Mesmerising Māori music

Joy Winitana, who was staying at the hospice, had been involved in the recent opening ceremony of the Oceania Exhibition at the Royal Academy along with her Maori club who meet on a weekly basis at the New Zealand Embassy. With the help of volunteer, Judith; Joy, her friends and family put ...READ MORE

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Remembering together

You may have attended one of the many events that St Christopher’s hosts during the year, providing an opportunity for you and others to come together and remember family and friends who have died. We spoke with Jane Norris (pictured), whose son, Will, died aged 18 at the hospice in Octob ...READ MORE

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Join our club…

The 5,000 Club is St Christopher’s charity lottery. The brain child of Christine, our lottery organiser, our hospice lottery gives you the chance to win some cash. But more importantly, it means you are raising vital funds to care for people when they need it most. Last year we raised £3 ...READ MORE

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Who on earth wants to talk about dying?

We were thrilled when Bromley-born comedian Tom Allen came in to visit us in June. Tom nominated St Christopher’s to receive his winning prize money from the BBC’s Pointless show back in January, as his Dad’s aunt was looked after by St Christopher’s several years ago. We asked Tom ...READ MORE

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Ever wondered what it’s like inside a hospice?

At St Christopher’s we’re often told by patients, families, friends and volunteers that the hospice is not at all what they imagined. They expect somewhere dark, gloomy and slightly depressing. After all, St Christopher’s is a place where people come to die, right?  Wrong. Or at least ...READ MORE

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The Crumball Rally

Ever broken down while driving on the continent? Spending an afternoon trying to explain to a mechanic in rural Normandy why your car won’t start, fumbling with your limited French remembered from school and old episodes of ‘Allo! Allo!’, is no mean feat. You’ll have sympathy for David T ...READ MORE

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Healthy walks for everyone

London has had a mixed bag of weather this summer, but whether it’s windy, rainy or – at last! – warm and sunny, you can see walkers stepping out from St Christopher’s Sydenham every Thursday on our weekly Healthy Walks. Starting and ending in the Anniversary Centre at St Christopher’s ...READ MORE

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Amsterdone

On Saturday afternoon 58 hospice heroes arrived in Amsterdam after setting off from St Christopher’s four days earlier having cycled 350 miles to raise vital funds for the hospice. So far the total is an incredible £165k and rising. Amongst them were 6 staff members, Prof Rob George, Helena T ...READ MORE

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The Community Choir in action

On Saturday 15 June the St Christopher's Community choir performed in an exhibition at the Wellcome Collection, a free museum and library in central London that aims to challenge the way people think and feel about health. The choir performed in the reception area and then in the library; offeri ...READ MORE

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St Christopher’s Personal Care Service is good, Say CQC

St Christopher’s is delighted that the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has recognised its Personal Care service as good right across the service; judging it to be safe, effective, caring, responsive and well-led. The CQC visited in February 2019 and sought feedback from people who receive care, the ...READ MORE

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Local comedian Tom Allen visits St Christopher’s

This week we were delighted to be visited by local comedian Tom Allen. Comedian, writer and actor Tom is a regular feature on TV screens, presenting Bake Off: The Professionals as well as making appearances on Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo and Have I Got News For Y ...READ MORE

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A Volunteer Exchange

It’s always helpful to see how other hospices work and this is no different for volunteers at St Christopher’s. On Tuesday 4 June, we welcomed four volunteers from St Joseph’s Hospice in Hackney to come and see what a day in the life of a St Christopher’s volunteer is like. The idea came ...READ MORE

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Remembering with Ribbons

Every year in June, we invite our supporters to remember their loved ones, by writing their names on ribbons and then tying them to a tree in our beautiful gardens. The multi-coloured ribbons fluttering gently in the breeze are a lovely tribute to those we have lost, and a reminder throughout th ...READ MORE

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Open Gardens 2019 Launch

With Spring well and truly in the air and Summer on the horizon, we are ready to launch our 2019 Open Gardens Festival, which is kicking off on Friday 10 May at our Orpington site. From 11am-2pm we will be opening up our wonderful gardens, which are lovingly tended by our Tuesday volu ...READ MORE

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St Christopher’s in Spring

The Sydenham site gardens look wonderful all year-round thanks to Gardening Volunteer, Belinda Boraston, and her team, but it’s in spring that they really come to life. Belinda explains, “The garden is an important place for so many people at St Christopher’s. We are regularly given lovely ...READ MORE

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Spring into action at Fun Walk

With the first official day of Spring next week, now is the ideal time to sign-up to St Christopher’s Fun Walk on Saturday 11 May 2019 to fundraise for Lewisham’s local hospice, says a local child bereavement worker, Judy Debenham.  Ladywell resident Judy, has worked for St Chri ...READ MORE

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Discover the art of dying well

Creating Conversations in Croydon is holding an event at Croydon’s Braithwaite Hall on 20 March 2019 to encourage people to have open conversations about death and dying, and how we all want to be treated at the end of our lives. The open forum event, called The Art of Dying Well, will run fr ...READ MORE

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Give a tenner and make a difference

As a charity we need to raise £16 million a year just to keep caring for those who need us the most. We can only do this with your help. There are just over 1.6 million people living in the five boroughs that we provide care for from Bromley and Croydon to Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark. If ...READ MORE

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Wheel-y good news

As their brand new Fiat Panda sat on the dealership forecourt, Sue and Steve Grindlay from Sydenham were sat inside at a desk putting their signatures on the paperwork that would finally confirm that the car was theirs. Once they’d finished the paperwork we had a chance to ask them about the e ...READ MORE

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Calling all ex-carers!

Here at St Christopher’s we are running a new scheme called Coach4Care. Coach4Care is a new service aimed at improving the well-being and resilience of current carers of people with progressive and terminal illnesses. We are looking for ex-carers who would like to use their valuable experienc ...READ MORE

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Welcome back to the Traffords

At 6am on Sunday 3 February a team of well-wishers from St Christopher's welcomed the world record breaking Transatlantic Traffords back to the UK. Despite the early start, the team from St Christopher's were in good voice and cheered as the Traffords came through arrivals. Surprise was evid ...READ MORE

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Let’s Hear It For The Buoys!

A huge congratulations and thank you to the Transatlantic Traffords who have been rowing across the Atlantic Ocean to raise money for St Christopher's. On Tuesday 22 January, after rowing almost 3000 miles, they came into the harbour in Antigua at 16:17 GMT and have set a new world record of 41 ...READ MORE

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Not so Pointless!

If you happened to be having a quiet night in last Saturday, 12 January, you might have spotted the fantastic comedian Tom Allen, winning the quiz Pointless on BBC1 with fellow comedian Ellie Taylor. We were thrilled when Tom, who grew-up in South East London, announced his chosen charity as St ...READ MORE

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What’s on offer at St Christopher’s

Thursday 10 January saw St Christopher’s launch a series of video clips designed to introduce patients and families to the support available at the hospice and offer viewers reassurance and guidance.  The 15 videos, all around a minute long, feature staff members talking about the differe ...READ MORE

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MBE-lievable work!

Nigel Sykes, our former Medical Director was awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List for his services to palliative care. He retired from his role as Medical Director in 2015, after working at the hospice for 24 years.  "When I received the letter in November informing me of my incl ...READ MORE

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Achievements 2018

PATIENT CARE Last year we provided 8,516 rehabilitation sessions, helping people to regain strength and independence. Find out more about our care LEARNING HUB UPDATE The site has been cleared and is ready for the builders to begin. We are excited to see construction get u ...READ MORE

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A light in the darkness

The Candle Child Bereavement Service provides bereavement support to children and young people from all over south London. Jenny, one of our Child Bereavement Service Workers, has been working in Candle since 1998. With over 20 years of experience, we asked her about how Candle makes a difference. ...READ MORE

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Run the Virtual Marathon!

Eight. Just, eight. What am I talking about? I’m talking about the percentage of people who keep their New Year’s resolution. That’s laughably small. So, what I’m not going to do is ask you to make a New Year’s resolution. Instead what I want you to do is make a small change. Nothing ...READ MORE

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Myth Busters

For many people, the word hospice conjures up images of a gloomy building where people go to die. Yet this couldn’t be further from the truth. In an attempt to set the record straight, here are five common myths about hospices and the truth behind them. Myth 1: Hospices must be sad places A ...READ MORE

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Change gear with London to Amsterdam

This June will see a group of incredible people take on the journey of a lifetime; pedalling from London to Amsterdam. This 350 mile adventure will see cyclists cross four countries, taking in the sights of picturesque Kent villages, the fairy tale city of Bruges, then onwards to the canals and ...READ MORE

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Carers change lives

Social care is changing. According to figures from a number of research groups*, currently 30% of older people with care needs receive little or no help, while almost 40% rely on family and friends for the support they need. More carers are required and St Christopher’s are meeting the need with ...READ MORE

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Fun Walk is coming. Get ready!

If you’ve taken part before, you will know what a fantastic day out St Christopher’s Fun Walk is! The atmosphere is positive and infectious, with so many people coming together and making their own contribution to the support that St Christopher’s gives local families, neighbourhoods and comm ...READ MORE

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Never volunteered? Change that right now.

Last year my husband retired. He was sixty years old and had been working since he was fourteen – that’s forty six years at the grindstone in a challenging, but engaging career. So, it was no surprise to me when, barely three weeks into retirement, he exclaimed that he was bored. “So volu ...READ MORE

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Raffle winners announced

We are delighted to announce the following winners: PrizeTicket numberWinner1stFiat Panda Pop285698Mr S GrindlayLondon2ndMOT and Car Service (up to £300)287962Mr D SarchettLondon3rdRed Letter Days Castle Escape for Two312059Mrs G MarshmanFalmouth 4thWine and Spirit Hamper212687Mr T MayOrpi ...READ MORE

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Support our Festive Appeal

St Christopher’s has recently started building works on a brand new Education Centre, the Learning Hub. We will be using our new Learning Hub to offer pioneering training for family members, carers and the general public so that they are empowered to play a larger part in caring for their loved o ...READ MORE

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Pledge to reduce loneliness signed by leading dementia experts

St Christopher’s called for a new societal approach to people with dementia at a conference at the Royal Society of Medicine yesterday. It is estimated that one in three people over the age of 65 years who die, will have some form of dementia.* This means enormous challenges must be overcome if we ...READ MORE

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Meet the Coach4Care pioneers!

Last week, 10 inspiring ex-carers were professionally trained to become coaches for current carers of people with progressive illnesses. The training took place over three days at St Christopher’s Hospice in Sydenham with the support of Animas coaching company and Innovation Unit, a not for profit ...READ MORE

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Candle marks its 20th Anniversary

St Christopher’s service for children and young people facing loss, Candle Child Bereavement Service, marked its 20th Anniversary this week, coinciding with national Children’s Grief Awareness Week (15-21 November). Over 20 local young people, plus Candle staff and specially trained voluntee ...READ MORE

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Bereavement Help Points in local communities

With three centres already set up in Lewisham, Bromley and Crystal Palace and plans for a forth one in Croydon; our new Bereavement Help Points are part of a pioneering project to assist people in our communities seeking support following bereavement. Created by St Giles Hospice in the West Midlan ...READ MORE

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Coaching for carers

Coach4Care is an initiative that has been set up to train ex-carers to become coaches for current carers who are looking after someone with a life limiting illness. Coach4Care believes experienced carers are best placed to support people who are caring because they truly understand what it is lik ...READ MORE

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Dementia awareness for all

St Christopher’s Hospice has joined-up with Leah Lodge Care Home in Blessington Road, Blackheath to offer information and advice about living with dementia. The short series of three sessions will run on 6, 13 and 20 November 2018 from 2pm until 4pm and are free to attend and open to all. The s ...READ MORE

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Erica’s lavender ball

A Chislehurst resident, Erica Wilson, 66, has raised a phenomenal £14,000 in just one night for St Christopher’s, after they looked after her husband, Peter Wilson, before he died two and a half years ago. Erica held a lavender-themed ball - lavender being her husband’s favourite flower ...READ MORE

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Learning Hub update

This Hospice Care Week, we are launching a campaign to raise £200,000 to fit-out and start running a specialised, training Skills Lab for local people, in our brand new education building in Sydenham. The Skills Lab will be a space in which people of south east London who want to look after someone ...READ MORE

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Living Well at Home

In its first 12 months, 123 people have benefitted from our Living Well at Home service which helps people to remain independent, achieve their goals and improve their lives. The service is led by the Rehabilitation Team but relies on the time and skills of volunteers to support patien ...READ MORE


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The hospice nursed all of us, not just our dad

Kay Sewell's father, who was a retired asphalter, had a diagnosis of dementia and was supported by hospice nurse Lisa Morris at the end of his life, aged 83. Now, Kay is keen to support her local hospice whenever she can, and is encouraging people to take part in a Twilight Walk in Blackheath on 29 ...READ MORE

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Help St Christopher’s become Charity of the Year

The winning charity will be decided by a public vote, so please cast your vote and help us to spread the word. The three charity finalists will be announced in October with the winner being announced at the ceremony on November. Here’s the link: https://www.justgiving.com/forms/awards/2018/ ...READ MORE

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Support our Learning Hub!

We were thrilled to mark the start of building works on the new Learning Hub with a ground-breaking ceremony on 22 June 2018. The occasion also marked what would have been the 100th birthday of our founder, Dame Cicely Saunders, a fitting day to hold this exciting event. Our ambition fo ...READ MORE

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Achievements 2018

LEWISHAM’S HOSPICE We’re now the sole provider of community palliative care in Lewisham; meaning we’re the local hospice for the borough. FESTIVAL FUN St Christopher’s staff and volunteers gave up their weekend to help members of our Young Adults Group realise their dream of ...READ MORE

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Message from our Joint Chief Executives

We’re pleased to share that we’re now the hospice serving residents across Lewisham and have started a new, volunteer-driven service known as Living Well at Home. This service supports people like Gladys to remain independent and mobile at home. 'you may have already read or heard about ou ...READ MORE

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Living and dying with Pride

Together we wanted to spread the message that hospice services are for everyone, whenever they are needed, and whatever someone’s background. It was a fabulous day and our efforts were even supported by London Mayor, Sadiq Khan. ...READ MORE

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The ride of a lifetime

In June 2017, 52 riders took on the challenge of cycling from London to Paris and raised an incredible £222,000. Darren Walker was one of these resolute riders and, having enjoyed it so much, was first in line to sign up for the London to Amsterdam ride in 2019. Darren is riding in memory o ...READ MORE

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Volunteering at St Christopher’s

At St Christopher’s we’re extremely fortunate to have the support of 1,350 dedicated volunteers who generously share their time, skills and expertise across a variety of roles. Without them we wouldn’t be able to do all we do and we wanted to share some of their achievements with you. An ...READ MORE

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Calling all bargain hunters!

[caption id="attachment_13199" align="alignright" width="188"] Del picked up a whole outfit in our Dulwich Shop![/caption] Whether you’re decorating your house, looking for a new outfit or after a good book, St Christopher’s shops have something for everyone. The best bit? You can shop knowin ...READ MORE

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Remembering with St Christopher’s 2018

St Christopher’s invites you to join us to remember family and friends who have died. This short service will be led by our Spiritual Care Lead with carols from our Community Choir and the lighting of a remembrance tree. You may have heard about our exciting plans to build a new Learning Hub  ...READ MORE

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The fun of the festival!

Last weekend (26th-29th July) our Young Adults Group headed off for their annual summer festival trip. This time, they partied at WOMAD in Wiltshire and enjoyed three days and nights of music, arts, dance and food. A total of eight patients and 21 staff and carers attended, with highlights includ ...READ MORE

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St Christopher’s Food Festival: A taste of summer

On Saturday 9 June in the glorious summer sunshine Green Street Green in Orpington was, once again, the venue for the St Christopher’s Hospice Food Festival and Dog Show. Friends and families came together to support the hospice at the same time as sampling some of the incredible food and drink on ...READ MORE

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Water shortage update: 5 March 2018

We are pleased to report that our water pressures have risen and returned to normal. This is following the water shortage we faced today that affected much of south east London. We want to thank you for your patience and support as we worked to resolve the issue as quickly as possible. We'd al ...READ MORE

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Connections Spring 2018 is now available online

This issue celebrates our 2017 achievements and looks forward to all of the exciting events in 2018. We share several stories including Chloe's story. Chloe Bryant’s mum had terminal lung cancer and died at St Christopher’s on 20 April 2011. Chloe tells us how she has since become involv ...READ MORE



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St Christopher’s Christmas Festival raised over £12,000!

One of the annual highlights of the festive season is the Christmas Festival, which was held in the grounds of the Sydenham site on Saturday, 2 December. The event was attended by over 1,000 people who visited stalls, played tombolas, went on horse and cart rides, jumped on the bouncy castle, had th ...READ MORE

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Remembering with St Christopher’s

Our Spiritual Care Lead, Andrew Goodhead, led beautiful candlelit services about remembering loved ones at Christmas. Everyone was able to light a candle and write down their memories of loved ones on a star for our hospice Christmas trees. The St Christopher's Community Choir sang a song (shown ...READ MORE

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Registration for Moonlight Walk is closing soon!

Registration for this year’s Moonlight Walk closes at midnight on Monday 16 October. The walk, which is heading to Croydon for the very first time, is taking place on 21 October and raising vital funds for our bereavement services. St Christopher’s bereavement services support more than 2,300 ...READ MORE

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Connections Winter 2017 is now available online

This issue reflects on our achievements so far in 2017 and takes a look at our recent 50th birthday celebrations. We share several stories including Charlotte Smith's story. Charlotte was cared for by St Christopher's and died of breast cancer on 21 April, the day after her 37th birthday. We t ...READ MORE

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Find Peace of Mind through Will Week

Life is for living and it can go against every instinct we have to start planning for our death, but every adult, of whatever age, needs to think ahead as the earlier you talk about dying wishes, the easier it is emotionally and practically for everyone. St Christopher’s Will Week from 11 – 15 S ...READ MORE

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Hoffman’s Haircut raises an amazing £811

For over 40 years Nick Hoffman had hair that covered his face and reached the middle of his back. He had always said that he wouldn’t cut it off not even when offered £2000. This became a bit of a running joke at The Buff amongst his drinking pals and pub regulars, which then extended to the othe ...READ MORE


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St Christopher’s marches with Pride

On Saturday 8 July 2017 St Christopher’s joined eight other hospices on the sunny streets of London to take part in the capital’s Pride in London Parade. Over 15 staff and volunteers from St Christopher’s took part in what has become the biggest LGBT+ parade in the UK. St Christopher’s jo ...READ MORE

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Open Up Hospice Care

Today St Christopher's is joining forces with national charity Hospice UK and other hospices across the country to launch a new campaign aimed at widening access to end of life care. New analysis published today by Hospice UK has found that nationally one in four families of people who require en ...READ MORE

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Personal milestones

Our Personal Care Team go from strength to strength as they welcomed their 100th private client this month. Pauline Jeffree, 77, from Beckenham, was delighted and, having worked in the health service all her career, she knows what good care looks like. Since 2014 Pauline has become wheelchair bo ...READ MORE

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Bringing the outdoors in

We’re delighted to confirm that we now have a number of volunteers interested and willing to care for the garden and indoor flowers and plants at the hospice. The volunteers have been split into two groups: Garden Team – the team is quite small at present (we’re looking for more volunteers ...READ MORE

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Enhancing our healing environment

Back in April last year staff from across the hospice joined together to attend a session run by Hedley Finn and Sarah Waller looking at how we could enhance the healing environment here at St Christopher’s. The highlight of the session for many was creating mood boards for different areas of ...READ MORE

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St Christopher’s Goes Green

Recycling in our shops Our shops are all about recycling and rehoming and, in the last year alone, the team have: Saved 468 tons of goods from landfill Sorted and sold 117,000 boxes and bags of donations Received a staggering 3.3 million donated items. We’re always looking for it ...READ MORE

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Creating Conversations

Creating Conversations in Croydon was set up in 2016 by St Christopher's with funding from Croydon CCG and works with community groups to help people record their end of life wishes. The project has specially trained volunteers who seek to encourage local people to feel more comfortable about tal ...READ MORE

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Auction of Promises a huge success

A huge thank you to all those who attended the Dinner and Auction of Promises on Friday 9th June in aid of St Christopher's Hospice. We are absolutely delighted to say that the event raised over £35,000 and we are so grateful to everyone for embracing the evening and supporting the hospice. W ...READ MORE







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Award winning garden joins our Open Gardens festival

St Christopher’s Open Garden Festival, where supporters kindly open their gardens to the public to raise money for their local hospice, now has a new award winning garden on its programme. 87 Footscray Road, Eltham is opening this year in memory of Dave Ayling. The front and back gardens have b ...READ MORE

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Celebrating Volunteers’ Week

Volunteers’ Week is an annual campaign celebrated from the 1-7 June. Established in 1984, the week was created to recognise the contribution volunteers make to our communities every day. Caritas Garden Volunteers Anyone who visits Caritas can’t help but be charmed by the gardens. The varie ...READ MORE

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How to Die: Simon’s Choice nominated for Baftas

Simon Binner, 57, of Purley, was a successful businessman with a loving family and large circle of friends when he was diagnosed with an aggressive form of motor neurone disease and given two years to live. Faced with a rapid physical decline, the film How to Die: Simon’s Choice charts his thought ...READ MORE



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Conference series launches with “50 years of education”

We recently held the first in our 50 Years of Hospice Care Evolution conference series marking the 50th Anniversary of both St Christopher’s Hospice and the modern hospice movement. The conference on education featured speakers including Prof Bee Wee, National Clinical Director for End of Lif ...READ MORE

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New Horizons bereavement group

St Christopher’s offer a range of services to help the bereaved but less well-known are bereavement groups which offer individuals a chance to reflect with people going through a similar stage of grief. Some of these are run by St Christopher’s but we are pleased to see that over time some have ...READ MORE

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Our shops get a face-lift!

This month the Communications Team visited all 19 of our shops to install new branding and signage to promote 50 years of St Christopher’s. The new signage features members of our Nursing Team as well as stories from patients who have been supported by St Christopher’s. We hope the new signag ...READ MORE

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St Christopher’s in India

Lara Cooke, Art Therapist at St Christopher’s, recently returned from an inspirational trip to India... Narratives East West is a project I worked on run by the Fabrics and Threads group at St Christopher’s. Participants created an individual ‘pocket patch’ that made up part of a quilt. T ...READ MORE

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Gym volunteer cycles the extra mile for St Christopher’s

Barry Humphreys, 65, has volunteered at St Christopher’s for three years, helping patients make the most of their gym sessions at Caritas House in Orpington. Now Barry has decided to step up to a challenge himself and, together with some of the hospice’s patients, is cycling a static bike the eq ...READ MORE