This year St Christopher’s Hospice is celebrating the 50th year since Dame Cicely Saunders opened the hospice at Sydenham. So beginning the hospice movement, now with over 200 hospices in the UK and 500 worldwide. Her work focused on the trilogy of care, education and research.
In the last few years the wards have been completely refurbished and the communal areas of the hospice. To recognise this major milestone the hospice has decided to focus on the learning aspect of her trilogy.
It has opened a special Capital Campaign to focus on building a new world class Centre of Learning. Here the hospice will develop its educational programme to train many more people to care for the dying, and to develop the most effective ways to help individuals and their families at the end of their lives.
St Christopher’s is probably the biggest provider of training and learning for end of life care (EoLC) in the world. But there is so much more to be done. This new centre will not only train many more professionals, but also offer opportunities to families, friends, and carers to develop the skills and confidence they need to care for their loved ones at home. This learning will not only be face-to-face, but will utilise all the advantages of the internet to widen access nationally and internationally.
Our neighbour, Dr Tyrrell Evans, has been a Trustee of the hospice for many years until very recently, and he would like to invite friends and neighbours in Burbage Road to an Information evening about the plans for the Learning Hub and the future of the hospice at his home on Sunday January 14th between 5-7pm. Refreshments will be provided.
Anyone interested and able to come that evening should email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you cannot make this date but would like to learn more about the Campaign please let him know so he can arrange an alternative opportunity for you.