WALK TO SUPPORT FAMILIES IN YOUR COMMUNITY – IT’S ST CHRISTOPHER’S HOSPICE BLUEBELL WALK 2018

St Christopher’s Hospice are urging local people to sign-up to their Bluebell Walk on 29 April 2018.

“The hospice has been a place to help me” says Richard Carter. “Since coming to St Christopher’s, I’ve built great friendships with staff, volunteers and patients. “I go to the gym, art therapy, I meet with nurses, and benefit from chiropody. “I’ve learnt that for me and many others, St Christopher’s is somewhere to come to live, not to die.

“I’ve done the Bluebell Walk with friends and family in previous years – it’s something we try to support and we are fortunate enough to live nearby to where it takes place.

“It gives the dog a good walk too and it raises money for a great cause. “I would urge those that can, to take part and enjoy it as much as I did!”

Anne Nash, Matron at St Christopher’s says: “If you sign-up to the Bluebell walk and do a little bit of fundraising, it means we are able to be there for Richard, his family, and thousands of others in your local community.

“Please sign-up today – it’s in a beautiful part of Kent, it’s good exercise, and it helps to keep our hospice running!”

St Christopher’s Bluebell Walk in Cudham sets-off (and finishes) at Cudham Recreation Ground, Cudham Lane South, Kent TN14 7QB. There are refreshment stops along the route, and a choice of three, five, seven and nine miles that are all clearly sign-posted and marshalled. Britain’s iconic bluebells should also be easy to spot. The event takes place from 9am to 2pm. Children (aged 5 to 11 years) go free. Registration for adults (12 and over) is £5 before 19 April 2018. After this date, registration can only be on the day of the walk, for an increased fee.

For further information please visit: http://www.stchristophers.org.uk/bluebellwalk

About St Christopher’s:

Dame Cicely Saunders founded St Christopher’s Hospice in Sydenham in 1967 as the world’s first modern hospice. Since that time, the hospice movement has spread across Great Britain and the world

In the last year, we supported more people than ever before: over 6,500 patients and their families across five London Boroughs (Bromley, Croydon, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark)

In 2016-2017 we provided over 13,000 home visits out in the community, as well as cared for 757 people in our 48 bed ward in Sydenham

In the last year we worked with health and social care professionals in over 30 different countries through our education courses

It costs £21 million each year to deliver our specialist palliative care and family care services free of charge to patients, of which approximately £15 million must be fundraised each year. (Source: St Christopher’s hospice)

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