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Pioneering St Christopher's Hospice marks 50th anniversary with public service at Southwark Cathedral

PUBLISHED: 12:26 29 June 2017 | UPDATED: 12:26 29 June 2017

St Christopher's Hospice in Sydenham

St Christopher's Hospice in Sydenham

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Anyone involved with the hospice is invited to attend

A pioneering hospice which helped pave the way for end-of-life care across the country is marking its 50th anniversary next month.

St Christopher’s Hospice, based in Sydenham and Orpington, has supported more than 55,000 people as well as their friends and families, through palliative care since 1967.

To celebrate its golden year, the hospice is inviting all families, friends, volunteers and staff involved over the years to a service at Southwark Cathedral, which will include guest speakers including Julia France, whose 24-year-old daughter Sadie was treated by the hospice.

Shaun O’Leary, joint chief executive, said: “Many people know someone who we have helped to look after, and we feel very privileged to be part of that community and receive so much support back in return.

“Our service will be a wonderful occasion to celebrate the last 50 years and also give thanks to Dame Cicely Saunders, who started the global hospice movement from right here in Sydenham.”

Tickets must be booked for the free event on July 20 which starts at 7pm.

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