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St Christopher's hospice celebrates 50 years with sponsored 11-mile fun walk

PUBLISHED: 10:42 03 May 2017 | UPDATED: 11:17 03 May 2017

Anne Nash and colleagues

Anne Nash and colleagues

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The hospice needs to raise around £14 million per year to continue supporting patients and their families

St Christopher’s hospice have launched registration for an 11-mile, sponsored, fun walk, in celebration of 50 years providing support.

It has been 50 years since nurse, and writer Dame Cicely Saunders opened the hospice in Sydenham, and since then it has grown to support on avergae 6,000 people to the end of their lives throughout Bromley, Lambeth, and Croydon per year.

The hospice spends approximately £20 million a year delivering specialist palliative care and family care services free of charge to patients, which means around £14 million must be fundraised each year.

Long-serving matron Anne Nash, will also be celebrating hre 50th birthday when she walks the sponsored event beginning on Keston Common on May 14.

Ms Nash, from Biggin Hill and who has worked for the hospice for 26 years, said: “We laughed when we saw the fun walk date annouced in our hospice newsletter. It’s my 50th birthday and also the hospice’s anniversary, so I couldn’t possibly miss it.

“My family have always taken part in the event; when our children, were little, we just did the short route with buggies. Now they are in their late teens they want to walk with their friends, but we’re all still going to go together.

“The countryside around Keston where the route travels is just os picturesque and it’s wonderful to see so many people out in the beautiful countryside raising money for an amazing cause.

“The camaraderie is inspiring. Lots of people walk in memory of their loved ones, but I also get suuch a strong sense of support for the hospice’s work from everyone too.”

The fun walk starts and finishes at Keston Common. Walkers can set-off from 8.30am but the last recommended set-off time is 12pm. Entry is £5 for adults but under 11’s can join in for free (under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult or guardian).

Register or find out more at funwalk@stchristophers.org.uk or call 020 8768 4575.

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