Coalition Member Spotlight: St Christopher’s Hospice
The Hilton Prize Coalition shines a spotlight on Laureate member St Christopher’s Hospice. St Christopher’s was the world’s first modern hospice established by Dame Cicely Saunders in 1967, transforming care for the dying around the world. In 2001, St Christopher’s was awarded the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize for the work originated by Dame Cicely through the hospice. Now, over 50 years later, the world still looks to St Christopher’s for advice, support, and ideas in how best to care for people through serious illness, death, and bereavement.
St Christopher’s has experience supporting people at some of the most difficult and frightening times in their lives and, in the last year alone, provided that support to over 6,500 across the diverse communities of south east London. Striving to have the resources to reach everyone who needs them, St Christopher’s needed an innovative solution to make quality end of life care available to all.
For St Christopher’s, education is the answer. Based on their model, good education underpins good care. In the last year, St Christopher’s provided training to over 7,000 people from 45 different countries; working with them to develop and improve care for those living with life-changing conditions and their families wherever they are in the world. Their Education Centre is the world’s first specializing in palliative care; however, their current facilities are outdated, inflexible, and without the technology needed to help them connect effectively with people who want to learn remotely.
That’s why, to mark their 50th anniversary, St Christopher’s embarked on a campaign to build a new, world-class education center known as The Learning Hub. This Hub will support St Christopher’s in realizing their vision of a world in which all dying people and those close to them have access to the care and support they need—when and wherever they need it.
St Christopher’s has the skills to equip and empower members of the public to care for their loved ones. End of life care is not restricted to professionals anymore. St Christopher’s believes that it’s essential to provide support to the general public, patients, families, and carers if they are to effect real change for dying people and their families across the world.As well as increasing the number of people they train, the Hub will also enable St Christopher’s to pioneer new ways of teaching. Many people want to play a part in caring for someone they love at the end of life but often lack the confidence or skills required to do so. One wife of a patient supported by St Christopher’s outlined the critical nature of this need: “We had never nursed anyone before, let alone a terminally ill person, and we really struggled to cope with some of the most basic, simple caring tasks. One day we saw a nurse at St Christopher’s do this so beautifully and we wept because we wanted to do it that beautifully and didn’t know how. We realised with a few basic nursing skills we could have done a much better job and, perhaps, kept him at home much longer.”
The Learning Hub is just one of the ways St Christopher’s will ensure generations to come will have the benefit of the care at St Christopher’s. On Friday, June 22, which would have been their founder, Dame Cicely Saunders, 100th birthday, St Christopher’s was proud to see the first spade enter the ground and building work on the Learning Hub begin.
Works are expected to take 18 months to complete. To find out more about the Learning Hub visit St Christopher’s website.
(Photos courtesy of St Christopher’s Hospice)
About The Hilton Prize Coalition
The Hilton Prize Coalition is an independent alliance of the 22 winners of the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize, working together to achieve collective impact. Through three signature programs—the Fellows Program, the Collaborative Models Program and the Storytelling Program—the Coalition leverages the resources, talents and expertise of each of its members to innovate and establish best practices that can be shared with the global NGO and donor communities. Working in more than 170 countries, the Coalition is governed by a board comprised of the leaders of the Prize-winning organizations led by an Executive Committee and a Secretariat, Global Impact.
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