St Christopher’s Hospice launches App

Categories: Care and Education.

 St Christopher’s Hospice has launched an app to meet the huge global demand for information about the life and work of Dame Cicely Saunders as well as to provide the many visitors to the South East London hospice with an accessible, engaging tour of many of its fascinating features and help break down barriers and dispel myths about hospices, death and dying.

Whether used on a visit to the hospice, or from anywhere in the world, app users will have the ability to take a fascinating journey through the history of the hospice as well as a tour of the key features of the building and its surroundings, from the palm of their hand.

The app, built with the generous support of Women in Fellowship, tells the story of  St Christopher’s via audio, video and the written word, providing users with a multi-media experience.

Users can enjoy clips from television and radio interviews given by Dame Cicely, as well as historical documents, like the letter she wrote to her long-time collaborator, Dr Mary Baines, spelling out plans for extending hospice care into patients’ homes and a photograph of Dame Cicely with the late Secretary General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan. These are just some the many gems that combine to bring to life the last 50-plus years of St Christopher’s, Dame Cicely’s life and the hospice movement.

The tour is suitable for patients and their families as well members of the local community unfamiliar with and perhaps historically reluctant to walk through the front door. Visitors will be guided via a map along with easy to understand written directions and photographs.

Emily Baddeley, Head of Communications at St Christopher’s, said: “An essential part of our ongoing mission is to change attitudes about death, dying and hospice. Thanks to Women in Fellowship, this app not only helps us shine a light on all the positive things on offer here at St Christopher’s, but also enables us to meet the huge demand from all those fascinated by the history of this special place and our inspiring founder Dame Cicely Saunders.”

Professionals and visitors from further afield, drawn by a fascination with our pioneering centre of palliative care, will get to tour its most recent major development – the brand new, state of the art St Christopher’s Centre for Awareness and Response to End of Life (CARE), complete with the latest high-tech equipment to enhance the learning experience.

At many of the 14 stop-off points on the tour app users can watch a short video interview with key members of hospice staff explaining the significance or role of that specific location or service, whether it’s the gym, Anniversary Centre, Arts Pavilion or extensive and relaxing gardens.

While visitors are not permitted to actually enter the wards, it is possible to get a feel for their light, open and accessible atmosphere and Consultant Nurse, Anne Nash, provides a myth-busting description of the role they play in patient care. Visitors will also discover the famous school and princess after whom two of the three wards are named.

Fittingly, the tour finishes a ten-minute walk from the hospice, at the house where Dame Cicely lived for the last four decades of her life.

In conjunction with its recently launched Oral Histories project, which will record the voices of those involved in the evolution of St Christopher’s since it opened in 1967, including both clinicians and community members, the site, story and surroundings of St Christopher’s has never been so accessible.

Download the app now. Simply go to the App Store or Google Play and search for St Christopher’s Hospice and then hit download.



About St Christopher’s Hospice

  • We were founded by Dame Cicely Saunders, who started the global hospice movement with the opening of St Christopher’s in 1967.
  • We are a charity, and we provide care and services free of charge. Though we are partially funded by the NHS, the majority of our running costs are very generously met by public donations. Each year, we need to raise at least £15million.
  • Our vision is of a world in which all dying people and those close to them have access to care and support, whenever and wherever they need it.
  • Our goal is to help people live well until they die, and support those affected by the loss of a friend or relative. We know that each person is unique and we tailor our care to meet social, emotional and spiritual needs, as well as manage physical symptoms.
  • We strongly believe that everyone should have access to the best care at the end of their lives and through a blend of expert practice, education and research we work with people across the world to improve and develop hospice care.
  • We usually have over 1,300 people under our care at any one time, and last year we provided care and support to over 5,000 patients and 2,000 families and carers across South London, both at home, out in the community and in the hospice.
  • We have over 500 dedicated staff and over 1,000 amazing volunteers.
  • You can support the hospice by donating, volunteering or shopping at one of our 26 local high street shops.
  • You can find our website by searching “” online, and we are also on social media – search @StChrisHospice on Twitter and Instagram.

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