Dame Cicely Saunders



Dame Cicely is universally recognised as the founder of the modern hospice movement and was involved with the creation of hospice teams around the world. She founded St Christopher's Hospice in 1967 as the first research and teaching hospice linked with clinical care, pioneering the field of palliative medicine.

Receiving many honours and awards for her work, she held over twenty honorary degrees from the UK and overseas. Awards include the British Medical Association Gold Medal for services to medicine, the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion, the Onassis Prize for Services to Humanity, the Raoul Wallenberg Humanitarian Award and the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms for Worship Medal. She was made a Dame of the British Empire in 1980 and was awarded the Order of Merit by Her Majesty the Queen in 1989.

Dame Cicely died on 14 July 2005 at St Christopher's Hospice.