Volunteer spotlight

Volunteer spotlight

Whether serving customers in our shops, providing refreshments on a ward or cheering on brave marathon runners, all Sue Ryder volunteers know that their support ultimately helps provide incredible hospice and neurological care.

Our volunteers join us for different reasons and find their experiences reward them in different ways.

On these pages, you can read more about Sue Ryder's volunteers who have kindly shared their volunteering stories.


When Liz joined The Chantry as a activities volunteer, she never imagined she'd soon be one of the team.


When Jim started volunteering at The Chantry following his wife's death he gained a great sense of purpose through his work as an activites assistant.


Amanda’s 20-year tie to St John’s hospice, through sad and happy, as visitor, volunteer and member of staff.


Emily decided to volunteer in a Sue Ryder shop after seeing her dad cared for at Duchess of Kent House Hospice.


Jake joined Leckhampton Court to gain experience of working in a hospice setting before his application to study medicine at university.


When Sue Ryder's old shop in Bury St Edmunds closed, that could have been the end of John's involvement with the charity. But it wasn't, and now the Mildenhall shop team are so pleased to have his voluntary support.

Lin, Iris and Joan

A combined age of 232 doesn’t stop these 3 wonderful ladies supporting Sue Ryder's Petworth charity shop.


Michele started by volunteering her hairdressing skills at St John’s Hospice, but soon became invaluable in the development of a new service for patients: "If I could, I would..."


Mike helps keep the grounds in good condition and the gardens an enjoyable place for the residents and their visitors at St John's Hospice.


Many people would be slowing down when approaching their 100th birthday, but not Sue Ryder's oldest volunteer Nora.

Sue Ryder volunteers on BBC Radio 4

Two of our volunteers, Jake and Hanneke, were interviewed as part of BBC Radio 4's Call You and Yours special programme on volunteering.