St Christopher's Hospice
Why does the Wives' Fellowship support St Christopher's Hospice?
Want to find out for yourself? Watch our video.
Download Heather Richardson's (Joint Chief Executive of St Christopher's) address from the 2016 annual visit here.
The Wives’ Fellowship connection with St Christopher’s began even before the Hospice was opened, through Patricia Lunt, who was a dearly loved member of Chichester WF. Patricia’s husband, who was the Bishop of Stepney from 1957-68, was closely involved on the brief for the religious requirements for St Christopher’s Hospice in the planning phase, prior to opening in1967, and Dame Cicely Saunders, in her autobiography, refers to the Bishop’s wise counsel and encouragement. The decision to support it as the chosen charity was taken in 1975 by Senior Wives and in 1976 by Wives which formed a strong bond which continues today.
The voluntary contributions from branches of the Fellowship, when pooled together, are in the region of £50,000 annually. Currently this helps fund a pilot research project into palliative care for patients with Chronic Heart Failure, together with five or six bursaries for students from resource poor countries attending the Multi-Professional course in Palliative Care at St Christopher’s, followed by a further week of clinical placement.
From 2014, our special relationship with St Christopher’s is retained through The Wives’ Fellowship St Christopher’s Representative being appointed as a Vice President for her three year period of office. She will attend the AGM, when faith leaders visit the hospice, and participate in a number of fundraising/special events during the year.
Wives’ Fellowship members are most welcome at the Hospice and a Visit is arranged once a year by the representative to coincide with Bursary Student Presentations at the end of their stay. The day typically starts with a tour of the Hospice followed by a Service in the Pilgrim Room. The presentations take place after lunch and are always interesting and inspirational!
The St Christopher’s representative also visits branches to talk about the work carried out at the Hospice, illustrated by a DVD which is very informative.
Reports are in each edition of The Grapevine to keep members in touch with what’s happening at the Hospice.
The Wives Fellowship Annual Visit takes place each Autumn - see details of this year's visit here.
To contact The St Christopher’s representative about this or any other aspect of our relationship with St Christopher's email: or have a look at their website.