Our founder, Lady Sue Ryder, was a humanitarian who was dedicated to the relief of suffering. Her work started in WWII, helping people displaced from their homes as a result of war. After the war she widened the scope of her work, supporting people in need of palliative and neurological care across the UK and internationally.
Her work was expansive and international, so when she died on 2 November 2000 she left behind a legacy of charities around the world, including ours, who continue to provide care based on her principles: compassion and the relief of suffering.
Watch this video about her life and legacy
This video, narrated by Tim Key, shows a history of Lady Ryder and the work she did. Please note that the video contains scenes that some people may find upsetting.
Watch: A history of Sue Ryder
Lady Sue Ryder's story: 1924-2000
What Sue Ryder saw and experienced during the war almost inevitably resulted in her committing the rest of her life to relieving suffering. She lived by a simple ethos: do what you can for the person in front of you.
Do what you can for the person in front of you."
An interview with Lady Ryder
With special thanks to the Imperial War Museum, you can listen to a 1987 interview with Sue Ryder.