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Hospices invited to celebrate 50 years of modern hospice movement

Author: Leila Hawkins
11 July 2017

Hospices and palliative care services from across the UK are invited to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the modern hospice movement next week.

St Christopher’s Hospice in Sydenham, south east London, is holding a special celebration service on July 20 at the capital's Southwark Cathedral. Guest speakers will include Baroness Julia Neuberger, former Chair of the King’s Fund healthcare charity, Julia France, the mother of Sadie Rance who was one of the hospice’s patients, and Shaun O’Leary, joint Chief Executive of the hospice.

This service at Southwark Cathedral is one of a number of events St Christopher’s is holding this year to celebrating its 50th anniversary, and that of modern hospice care.

The hospice was founded by Dame Cicely Saunders, acclaimed for pioneering the movement in the UK. After it opened in July 1967, it led to the opening of other hospices in Great Britain and around the world, giving rise to palliative care which at the time was a relatively new discipline in medicine.

Representatives from other hospices and and providers of end of life care are all invited to attend.

For more information and to get free tickets email  St Christopher’s

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