Sue Ryder Twitter takeover

Tweeting duties from our national @Sue_Ryder account are being shared across our wider team to help highlight the different ways our organisation works together.

For one day only, one member of our team from one of our locations in the UK will be sharing an insight into their daily tasks, interactions, highlights and any problems they face as they go about their daily work for Sue Ryder.


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Please join in with the converstion by sharing and tweeting @Sue_Ryder throughout the day with any questions you'd like to ask the member of our temporary takeover team.

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Next up is our Wheatfields Hospice Director Kate who will be giving unique access and insight into her everyday work at the frontline of our end of life care...

Wednesday 8th August 2018

Kate Bratt-Farrar

Name: Kate Bratt-Farrar

Role: Hospice Director, Wheatfields Hospice

"I’m a mum of four-year-old twins and have been Hospice Director at Sue Ryder Wheatfields for just over a year. I originally come from Addingham so my local hospice is Manorlands and I have always known about Sue Ryder – and of course I’m a prolific charity shopper!

"I’ve been working in the third sector for over 15 years and have always worked on issues that are particularly close to my heart – child poverty, health and education, women’s rights and domestic violence, and now end of life care and support.

"I am also Chair of the Women and Girls Hub in Leeds – working hard to give a voice to those who don’t always get heard.

"I’ve recently taken up running/walking fast and completed the Leeds 10K a couple of weeks ago raising money for Sue Ryder."

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Tuesday 12th June 2018

Emma Leiper Finlayson 

Name: Emma Leiper Finlayson

Role: Capital Appeal Manager, Sue Ryder Dee View Court neurological care centre / New mum

"My name is Emma and I’ve been a fundraiser for Sue Ryder’s neurological care centre in Scotland, Dee View Court, since 2016. It’s a special role for me, as I started my fundraising career ten years ago as a volunteer for Dee View Court.

"I read Renaissance Studies at university and originally planned to be a history teacher but after getting involved with the University RAG group and then volunteering at Dee View Court, I realised how much I enjoy the buzz and satisfaction of working with people in the community to raise funds for local projects and seeing them become a reality.

"Fundraising can be hard and often stressful, but it’s a good stressful, and I’m always amazed by how generous people are. I love being back at Dee View Court and helping with our exciting appeal to extend the centre and give more people the vital care they need.

"When I’m not fundraising or coercing my friends, family and colleagues to fundraise, I’m with my little girl, Ellie, who is six months old and has the cutest smile and the most shocking head of red hair. Like her mum, she is Aberdonian, born and bred. I love the sunny little city of Aberdeen and wouldn’t move for the world.

"In between fundraising and changing nappies, I occasionally attempt to learn Italian, listen to Norah Jones, and enjoy a sneaky glass of wine."


Wednesday 9th May 2018

Inpatient Unit Manager Fern Dettmer

Name: Fern Dettmer

Role: Inpatient Unit Manager, Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice / Wife, mum and step-mum

"The minute I walked through the door of Thorpe Hall Hospice as a trainee nurse on a placement, I just knew it was where I wanted to be.. which was strange really as before I came here I was dreading it! I believed all the myths about hospices being morbid and miserable places. But right from the first day I loved it. My mentor was Ray – he still works here now and I manage him as one of the inpatient unit team.

"After qualifying in 2008, I spent eight months on the stroke unit at the hospital in Peterborough – two months of that was working my notice – and I just wanted to be back at Thorpe Hall. Without wanting to sound cheesy, I just found the hospice so heart-warming and such a special place to be. Everything is focused on the patients and that person-centred care is why I came into nursing.

"Just last week I was promoted from Ward Sister to Inpatient Unit Manager, and I’m looking forward to empowering the inpatient unit team and influencing changes to make things even better for patients.

"In an ideal world, I’d want everyone to receive the kind of hospice care we provide when they need it – I want to see our teams reaching more people, delivering more care, and ensuring hard-to-reach patients, communities and groups don’t miss out."


Tuesday 6th March 2018

Photo of Sam Lewis, Sue Ryder Twitter Takeover

Name: Sam Lewis

Role: Head of Clinical Services, Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice



"My journey in palliative care began in 1992, five years after qualifying as a registered nurse, when I started work as a junior sister at Thorpe Hall Hospice in Peterborough.

"After four years of laying great foundations in end of life care, I became a Macmillan Nurse and independent specialist practitioner. I worked for 16 years in the community and hospital, constantly learning and developing a passion for advanced care planning and the support of palliative patients with young families.

"In October 2013 I returned to hospice care, working for an independent hospice, first as a specialist nurse practitioner and then as a senior clinical nurse manager. My outlook became more strategic as I started looking at integrating hospice care with the community and acute care. And there’s always so much to learn – psychological support of patients, leadership skills in transformational change, palliative rehab, spirituality, dementia care. I love gaining new skills and putting them into action to benefit patients and their families.

"At the end of last year I returned to Thorpe Hall as the Head of Clinical Services, feeling privileged to have been given the opportunity to use all the knowledge and experience I’ve gained. My passion for palliative and end of life care remains, and my creativity and energy hasn’t started waning yet!

"Just to add, I’m mother to 17-year-old twins, have two fluffy cats, love trees and gardening, often take photos of skyscapes on the way home from work, was once a black belt in Tai Kwon Do and am learning to play the ukulele (badly)!"

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