St Christopher’s fundraiser, Remi Knight, wins national award

Remi Knight, 21, has worked as a fundraiser for South East London’s St Christopher’s Hospice for five years and this month was presented with an award as the ‘Fundraiser who went the extra mile’ by the National Association of Hospice Fundraisers (NAHF).

To win this award, Remi literally did go an extra mile (and more!) to support patient Shelagh Mcdonough, 83, when Shelagh set-off on a five-day sponsored journey on her mobility scooter last September to raise money for St Christopher’s, where she has been receiving hospice care for the last ten months.

Remi, who lives in Eltham, says, “Shelagh said that she’d really like to raise some money for the hospice, and came up with an inspiring but quite demanding plan to travel around all five London boroughs that St Christopher’s serves. I know Shelagh quite well, we sometimes have lunch here in the café together, and when she said that she didn’t have anyone to travel with; I just felt that I had to go with her. It was her wish to make this amazing trip, and I was really pleased to help her do it.”

Remi adds, “I was really shocked when they started to read out the award details and I realised it was about me! It was really unexpected but a nice surprise. Working at St Christopher’s you can’t help feeling passionate about what we do; it’s a privilege to meet and be able to support so many amazing people, like Shelagh.”

During the five day journey Remi cycled on her bike next to Shelagh on her scooter, usually on the road for five hours a day. Shelagh has lived in West Norwood for 32 years, and had arranged to meet several local Mayors on her journey, as well a pay a visit to the school where she used to teach. Shelagh also received a congratulatory certificate from the Mayor of London, Sadiq Kahn.

Fundraiser Remi was nominated by her colleagues for the NAHF award, including fellow fundraiser Georgie Grant, who says, “Remi was absolutely outstanding in her support of Shelagh; in her kindness, her organisation, her knowledge and commitment to ensuring Shelagh was safe and comfortable, and liaising with her family. As fundraisers our job is to raise the money needed to keep the hospice running, but our relationships with our patients and their families are invaluable.”

Remi was presented the award at the NAHF annual conference, which was attended by representatives from over 80 hospices.