Dame Cicely Saunders Biography

Part 4

St Christopher’s Hospice

Dame Cicely planned that St Christopher’s would be the first research and teaching hospice linking expert pain and symptom control, compassionate care, teaching and clinical research, pioneering the field of palliative care. She began fundraising for the Hospice in 1963 whilst at St Joseph’s and by 1965 she had enough to start building. St Christopher’s Hospice opened in 1967.

How would I summarize Cicely’s personality in a few words? Visionary, charismatic, empathic. Not one to suffer fools gladly, but loyal and supportive. In my case, enabling me to develop latent talents, and go on to enjoy an immensely rewarding and fulfilling career.  Dr Robert Twycross

Dame Cicely Saunders: A Brother’s Story

The story of Dame Cicely Saunders as told by her brother Christopher

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