Charity of the Week – St Christopher’s

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We often pass charity shops in the street, and a lot of us pop in and buy goods from them, some of us donate items to them but how often do we think about the charities that these shops raise money for?

I’ve walked past the St Christopher’s shop on Bromley High Street countless times and decided it was about time to find out more about the organisation it helps to fund.

St Christopher’s provides care services for people at the end of their lives and these services are delivered in a range of settings including patients’ own homes, four inpatient wards and the Anniversary Centre.

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“St Christopher’s makes such a difference to my life. Coming here lets people feel not alone, it’s like a second family to me.”

The vision that motivates St Christopher’s is of a world where dying people and those people close to them have appropriate support and care when and wherever they need it whoever they may be.

“I have learnt death is more about my attitude to life than anything else. It has been by far the most important lesson I have learnt since dealing with bereavement.”

Care is delivered by teams of specialist doctors, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, social workers and welfare support workers. There is also access to art and complementary therapies and spiritual and religious care. There is specialist support for bereaved children.

Hospices are no longer solely about the end of life, they’re also about making what remains of life fulfilling.

“Nobody actually knew how much heartache it was for me being able to get up and basically feel like nothing. Ever since St Christopher’s entered my life you have opened doors and made me realise I can do better…”

It costs over £19 million every year to keep St Christopher’s running and of which approximately £13 million has to be raised from grants, legacies, the generous support of the community and local businesses, trusts and also through the shops. There’s still time to donate to their Christmas appeal!

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Aside from donating to the Christmas appeal there are several ways to donate to make a donation and one of the more unusual ways is to give plants for the gardens in their hospices. One for the horticulturalists and allotmenteers amongst you perhaps?!

St Christopher’s can benefit from corporate sponsorship and gifts are welcome – that end of year stock could be sold in their shops or on eBay and such gifting can’t be bad advertising can it? You could also invite them to your business networking meetings – great links can be forged during networking and charities can benefit greatly from this.

If you’d like to get involved as a volunteer with St Christopher’s then you can find out about the wonderful opportunities on their volunteers page.

Events coming up include the Bluebell Walk and a free presentation on 21 January “Dame Cicely Saunders and the Hospice Vision: Is hospice fit for the 21st Century?”. You can book for the talk here

You can find St Christopher’s on Twitter and on Facebook. Their fundraising team have their own Twitter account.

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