On 23 June 2015, 120 people gathered at St Christopher’s to remember Dame Cicely Saunders to celebrate her life and many achievements ten years since she died at the hospice she founded.
Participants came from as far afield as the Shetland Isles and Uganda and ten renowned speakers shared some fascinating recollections of our founder, followed by an update on St Christopher’s current direction delivered by our Joint Chief Executive Shaun O’Leary and Heather Richardson and a thanksgiving service presided over by Spiritual Care Lead Dr Andrew Goodhead and St Christopher’s former Chaplain, Rev Len Lunn.
Speakers who were introduced by hospice trustee Dr Tyrrell Evans and led by Dr Mary Baines included Professor Irene Higginson, Dr Anne Merriman, Dr Colin Murray Parkes, Cicely’s Goddaughter, Rosemary Burch and Drs Tom West and Gill Ford, both of whom trained as doctors alongside Cicely Saunders.
Cicely’s love of music was demonstrated by some fine playing of the Lark Ascending by Damian Falkowski, the violinist and family friend who played at her funeral and that of her husband.
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