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Tricia’s story

Tricia Ellis came to last year’s Remembering with Ribbons to remember her daughter, Vee. Here she tells us why she’ll be back again this July. Tricia Ellis came to last year’s Remembering with Ribbons to remember her daughter, Vee. Here she tells us why she’ll be back again this July.
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Emma’s Story

When Emma Lindow decided to jump out of a plane for St Christopher’s, there was only one decision she had to make: jump from 10,000ft or 15,000ft?

Karen’s story

Positivity of St Christopher’s and its patients lifts volunteer Karen after loss of her dad

Volunteer Judith

Judith’s story

Time-rich Judith feels deep sense of value and fulfilment from volunteering

Martin Gannon

Martin’s story

How we helped Martin get back to Zagreb

Abi & Alfie Jones blessing

Abi and Alfie’s story

Baby Alfie provides a new focus for mum Abi as well as a permanent reminder of her own mum Margaret.

Panna

Panna’s story

"With everyone’s support and help I can be strong and I can die in my own house."

Gabby with her new look

Gabby’s Story

How Gabby changed her look to both honour her loved ones and support St Christopher's

Lottery Winner Eileen Smith & Carefree at Clairleigh

Eileen’s story

Retired cost accountant knows true value of hospice

Housekeeper Tracey Cooke holds her chiuahaha Casey in St Christopher's Education Building

A day in the life of a hospice housekeeper

Tracey from our Housekeeping team tells us about her role at the hospice

Alan and Louise wear England Rugby World Cup shirts in the stadium with the pitch in the background

Alan’s story of getting to France for the Rugby World Cup

We helped Alan get to the Rugby World Cup in 2023

Compassionate Neighbours

Meet your compassionate neighbours

Compassionate neighbours connect with someone at home to help people feel supported and part of the community.

White woman with wavy brown hair smiling in a blue shirt.

Gail’s marathon story

Multiple motivations will keep physio Gail running

London Marathon runner Connor Norris

Connor’s marathon story

Broken leg won’t stop Connor running marathon

Chloe and Tracie’s story

Mother and daughter take on the London Marathon challenge for St Christopher's

Marathon Runner Poppy Younger

Poppy’s marathon story

Poppy, an interior architect from Bromley shares her training update

London Marathon runner David Shaw

Close family connections motivate marathon man David

Ties to the hospice over three generations and 50 years make run a very personal mission

Sleep easy after writing your own Death Book

Entrepreneur creates ‘deathmin’ beating book and heated facemask to help us relax in different ways

Debbie & William Blue Bell Walk crop

Debbie’s Fun Walk Story

Debbie Slaughter, a veteran when it comes to Fun Walk, shares her reasons for doing it as well as top tips for raising as much money as possible

Mike and Penny Robinson lottery winners

Lottery win “felt like a gift from Charlotte”

Couple to split lottery jackpot between sponsorship of son’s marathon effort and a treat to honour daughter’s bucket list wish

William Patterson and his physiotherapist

William’s story

William has found that his physio and exercise sessions have brought a lease of life to what matters most to him

An elderly white man and woman sitting together smiling and talking.

Winter Celebration

Over 100 people braved the cold December afternoon to come together to our annual Winter Celebration in CARE (Centre for Awareness and Response to End of Life).

Mick Reid in his garden

The power of peer support: why Mick returns to the place he thought he would die

After thinking he would die on our in-patient unit Mick now returns to St Christopher's every week for our Bereavement Help Point.

Jane Mogford at our Bereavement Help Point

Bereavement group helps young widow Jane rebuild her life

Two years after the death of her husband and bolstered by the ‘life-changing’ sessions, Jane feels able to start again - on the Isle of Wight.

Kerry and Roberto’s story

In their darkest hour Kerry and her Italian husband Roberto found a much-needed second family at St Christopher’s

The struggle to talk about death, dying, loss & healthcare

Black History Month - Coming from a Black British Caribbean household, my family believes it is important to live life to the fullest, and that death is a normal part of life and we should embrace that we won’t be around forever.

Viking Ship Fantasy Funeral

My fantasy funeral would be like a Viking Funeral

Our longest serving employee shares his fantasy funeral.

Phoebe Mooney

A day in the life of our Learning Disability specialist nurse

As our first ever Learning Disabilities CNS, Phoebe Mooney is affecting real change across the organisation and within palliative care. She tells us all about her plans for the role.

Shakun Banfield

Shakun’s Story

From acupuncture to benefits advice, dietetics to occupational therapy, retired probation officer, Shakun, is feeling the benefit of many of our services.

Glenn and Wendy McMahon

Wendy and Glenn’s story

Wendy McMahon reminisces the brief time she shared with her husband Glenn

Judith Freeborn volunteer

Volunteers’ Week: Judith and Jacky’s stories

It’s Volunteers’ Week – the prefect time thank all of the amazing 1070 individuals who give up their time and skills so we can support 8,000 people a year

Tim Lund Living Wake

A Living Wake? What’s that…

Read Tim's story on how he confronted his terminal diagnosis with a celebration of his life!

Snowdrops 23 Freya & Kirsty

Kirsty and Freya’s story

Kirsty and Freya are remembering Chris with a Snowdrop for St Christopher's. Read their story.

Melvyn Randoph

Melvyn’s Story

Constant pain can have a seriously debilitating effect. Retired banker Melvyn Randolph describes how regular acupuncture sessions have improved his quality of life.

Hilary’s Story

Three years after holding her husband’s hand as he died at the hospice, Hilary Lambert has returned as a volunteer.

Ernie

Kathy’s story: the cost of living crisis

The cost of living crisis is having a serious impact on the dying, their families, carers and the bereaved.

Sarah's Story Oct 2022

Sarah’s story

Sarah sells cosmetics to fundraise for St Christopher's in memory of her grandfather.

Jane's carer story

Jane’s carer story

Jane cared for her dad, Gordon, whilst he was living with cancer.

Rose Lane Sydenham Store volunteer

Rose’s Story

Rose volunteered at our Sydenham shop for more than 25 years!

Ron Montgomery and daughter

Kate’s story

Find out how we supported Kate and her father, Ron.

Val and Sheila’s story

Our Wellbeing timetable has been vital for the two friends.

Roger Eatwell feature

Roger’s story

Volunteer Roger has put his banking background into practice with St Christopher's Gift Aid

Sarah and Ben’s story

Ben talks about his wife Sarah and how they were supported by St Christopher's

Lara's lockdown story

Lara’s story

Before Lara died in May this year, she shared with us her experience of being looked after by the hospice during lockdown

Mike's story

Mike’s story

Here's how Mike is stepping up for St Christopher's

Leon Silver story

Leon’s story

An original poem created by Leon Silver, 'Loss' is a beautiful and heartfelt piece dedicated to his wife Maria.

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Julie’s story

"Klaus' experience changed mine, from what could have been a lastingly painful one into a bearable, acceptable one"

Joe’s story

"Why I think Coach4Care is so important"

Marcos’ story

Marcos Viliotti, Complementary Therapist, tells us why he loves his job

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Mesmerising Māori music

Your support brings families and cultures together for a musical extravaganza

A bittersweet symphony

Andre and his family have been taking part in a songwriting project

Anna Coach for Care

Learning from each other with Coach4Care

Supporting carers across the community

Compassionate Neighbours

Being a Compassionate Neighbour

Ivy Zaman explains why she joined the Compassionate Neighbours scheme

Gordon Gibbens with daughter Jane

How graffiti saved my dad’s life (at least for a while)

Find out how Gordon's love of photography kept him going through his illness

Sue Gilder Volunteer Award

Sue Gilder’s story

Sue is a Spiritual Care Volunteer at St Christopher's

volunteer Terry

Terry Hammond and Claudette Geddes’ story

Celebrating our volunteers

Alison Tucker Volunteer

Alison Tucker’s Story

Alison Tucker has been Volunteering at St Christopher’s for the last five years

Nick White’s story

We asked volunteer Nick to tell us about his experience of volunteering at St Christopher’s

William Wilson’s story

William pursued a lifelong love of music at St Christopher's

Stephen’s story

Stephen has been volunteering at St Christopher's for nine years

Katy hill at Twilight Walk

Katie Hill’s story

"Nothing about walking into St Christopher’s makes you sad"

Chris Smith’s story

Chris Smith attended one of our Remembering with St Christopher's events in 2017

Brit school story

Stuart’s story

Stuart is the Principal of the BRIT School who work closely with St Christopher's

St Christopher's CARE building exterior

Mwandida and Daria’s stories

How international students are gaining new skills from our education programme

Mandish family square

The Mandish Family’s story

"It's just what I needed; respite from it all and the chance to chat to other people"

Helma’s Story

Helma’s husband, Martin, received support from St Christopher’s before his death in March 2017

Emily’s Story

Emily’s father, Richard, died at St Christopher’s in April 2018

A day in the life of…Isabel

Isabel has been a nurse for over fourteen years and cares for patients living in Lewisham

Holly and Belinda 2018

A friend for life

Holly and Belinda talk about how their friendship started in the smoking shelter at St Christopher's

Debbie & William Blue Bell Walk crop

Debbie and William’s story

William, aged six: “I like to do the walk with my family and friends to raise money for St Christopher’s because my mummy died there and the money will help to look after other people and buy equipment to help them”

For me and many others, St Christopher’s is somewhere to come to live, not to die

Richard Carter is 52 and has lived in Orpington all his life. In 2016 he was diagnosed with a brain tumour, and began coming to St Christopher’s in April 2017

Will’s Story

"He was allowed to pass away with dignity and pain free – this is the greatest gift you can give to the family of a terminally ill loved one"

Charlotte Smith

Charlotte Smith’s story

"St Christopher's was our beacon of hope"

Shelagh's story 2017

Shelagh’s story

"When I walk into here, it is like a different world"

Stefanie’s story

"Coming to the Summer School was a real eye-opener for me. We spent time talking about death and the stigma around it; it made me realise how important it was not to be afraid to talk openly about dying."

Steven and Andrew’s story

"Getting married was really important to us. Once we did it, it felt like we’d always been married and it definitely felt like the right thing to do."

Julie Muir’s story

"It was so amazing to spend time like that as a family during the worst time of my life. Even our dog was able to visit!"

Gina Dyer’s story

"Every time I think of St Christopher's it always brings a warm feeling in my heart"

Sadie and Julia

Julia France’s story

"When you lose a loved one you have a blanket of sadness and people become trapped in it. I’ve let the love that I have for Sadie breathe"

Theresa Geldart’s story

"When you first hear the word hospice you do get a bit panicky but they reassure you and they’re not just there for end of life care - they’re there all the time"

Ollie’s story

"As soon as Mum was admitted, we all knew that she would be very well looked after; nothing was ever too much trouble for the staff"

Natalie Wimpress’ story

Natalie is a Health Care Assistant based in the hospice

Chris Mangar’s story

Chris is a Clinical Nurse Specialist based in the community

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