The Ceiling Project – Cicely Saunders

Emily Garsin and Anna Shields met on the steps of London’s Central School of Speech and Drama in 2008. Since then they have written three musicals, all of them exploring big questions, life lessons and great stories. They are in the process of writing their fourth full-length musical together; an empowering tale about women and girls, the great things they do and the obstacles that can sometimes block their path to greatness.  

Dame Cicely Saunders was the founder of the St Christopher’s Hospice and pioneer of the hospice movement.  She had an interest in palliative care and pain control whilst nursing patients with terminal illnesses and recognised what was needed in their care, particularly when it came to pain control, and began to conceive a specialised hospice in the late 1950s. Told she would never have her ideas recognised unless she was a doctor, Cicely attended St Thomas’ Medical School and graduated as a doctor, and worked well into her 80s – even after developing breast cancer she continued to work.  She died in 2005 at the age of 87, as a patient of her very own St Christopher’s Hospice.

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