Remembering with Ribbons

Dedicate a ribbon to remember loved ones

By dedicating a ribbon to a loved one, not only are you honouring their memory but also raising vital funds for St Christopher’s, ensuring that we can continue caring for people in the future.

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Afternoon tea at St Christopher’s

As part of the dedication, you are invited to join us for an afternoon tea for you to hang your ribbon, remember your loved one and enjoy our gardens with other people who have also experienced loss.

The afternoon teas will be held on:
  • Wednesday 7 August, 2-4pm
    St Christopher’s Sydenham site, 51-59 Lawrie Park Road, Sydenham, London, SE26 6DZ

  • Monday 12 August, 2-4pm
    St Christopher’s Orpington site, Caritas House, Tregony Road, Orpington, BR6 9XA
If you’re not able to make these dates you can still donate and make a dedication online. The ribbons will be on display from Thursday 1 August until Friday 13 September 2019 so please come along to see them.

Rachel’s story

“I never thought I’d be a widow at 43 but my husband Richard was the same age when he was diagnosed with cancer in 2017 and, just nine months later, he died at home under the care of St Christopher’s.”

“It was the hardest time of our lives but, thanks to the hospice, included one of our happiest days. We always knew we wanted to get married and knowing that Rich didn’t have that long left we asked the hospital if they’d help – but they said that it would just be too short notice. Rich came out of hospital on 13 August and a couple of days later we met with Linda, from St Christopher’s Spiritual Care Team, who said that she would marry us. What followed was a whirlwind of activity, which culminated in us getting married at home surrounded by our friends and family just three days later. We had five weeks together as husband and wife before Rich died.”

“Last summer I received an email from St Christopher’s about Remembering with Ribbons. After the way they cared for us, I wanted to show my thanks and support, so I dedicated my ribbon online straight away. Just a year after tying the knot I was tying a ribbon for Rich. It was always going to be red as he was a big Liverpool, Ferrari and Ducati fan. It was really special to remember him in this way. I will definitely be picking out another red ribbon to remember him this year.”