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article imageTwo forthcoming charity events — for the living and nearly dead

By Alexander Baron     Apr 18, 2013 in Lifestyle
Sydenham - On May 19, St Christopher's Hospice in South East London is holding a fun walk, while next week, the Big Issue Foundation is holding a "sleep out".
After the recent horror in Boston, most people would not use the words fun and walk in the same sentence, but St Christopher's Hospice has added one of these to its fund-raising calendar for next month. Founded in 1967 by Dame Cicely Saunders, St Christopher’s Hospice, Sydenham caters for around 2,000 patients annually, including in the community, and has a wide programme of fund-raising events.
The sponsored fun walk will take place in Keston on Sunday, May 19. Full details can be found on the Hospice website. For those who can't drag themselves out of bed that early on a Sunday morning, there is a midnight walk later in the year.
While compassion for the dying is admirable, there is an event next week in support of those who live on the edge and are in danger of dying suddenly.
Earlier this month, the young film maker Lee Halpin paid the ultimate price while researching a film about the homeless. Although two men were arrested on suspicion of complicity in his death, it seems likely he died from "natural" causes, which can include hypothermia, or for the long term homeless any number of things.
There are unlikely to be any fatalities when the Big Issue Foundation holds its annual sleep out in London on April 26. Although there are more homeless in the capital than anywhere else in the UK, this is not a parochial problem, though it is a perennial one.
The leaflet below was picked up in Sydenham, but full details of this event and much more can be found on the organisation's website.
A leaflet advertising the big sleep out that was picked up in Sydenham  South London.
A leaflet advertising the big sleep out that was picked up in Sydenham, South London.
More about St Christopher's Hospice, the big issue foundation, Homelessness
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