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Dame Cicely Saunders
Dame Cicely Saunders, the founder of the hospice movement, is awarded an honorary doctorate

Press Release - 07 June 2005

Founder of the hospice movement given honorary doctorate

Dame Cicely Saunders, the founder of the hospice movement, has been awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Bath.

Dame Cicely was given a Doctor of Laws degree at a ceremony on Friday (3 June 2005) at St Christopher’s Hospice, in Sydenham, London.

Dame Cicely founded the hospice in 1967 as the first research and teaching hospice linked with clinical care, and so began an enormous change in the way people with terminal illness were cared for. Now there are over 7,000 such hospices in a hundred countries.

Her vision was that the emotional and spiritual dimensions of a person with a terminal illness must be considered, as well as their physical condition. In doing so she pioneered the field of palliative medicine.

During the ceremony the Rev Jonathan Lloyd, former Chaplain at the University, described Dame Cicely as a “deeply human and visionary person who has had a dream. She has then worked solidly and with total determination for the rest of her life to make it happen.”

Dame Cicely worked as a nurse, social worker and doctor before founding St Christopher’s. She was made a Dame in 1980 and given the Order of Merit in 1989.

Professor Glynis Breakwell, the Vice-Chancellor of the University, said during the ceremony that it had been Dame Cicely’s vision that people with terminal illness need not die in uncontrolled pain, and many people suffering from terminal illness had cause to be grateful to her for this vision.

Notes

1. St Christopher’s Hospice is a world leader in providing high quality care for dying people and those close to them.


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