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, be that in our shops, offices or at the frontline of our palliative, neurological or bereavement care.

So who's up next..?

Human Rights Lead Jacqui Graves

Monday 10th December 2018

Jacqui Graves

Human Rights Lead

"I am a daughter, wife, mother and Registered General Nurse with knowledge and skills developed over 33 years across the NHS, charitable (Imperial Cancer Research Fund and Macmillan Cancer Support) and private investment sectors. My passion has been cancer and end of life care for the last 20 years and I have had the privilege to support many people to live and die well.

"At Sue Ryder, I am the Human Rights Lead, leading a three-year project to design, deliver and evaluate a training programme called 'What Matters to Me: a human rights approach to end of life', working closely with subject experts from the British Institute of Human Rights. The project has been funded through a grant from the Burdett Trust for Nursing.

"I am also a Trustee at Penny Brohn UK, a charity who offer a holistic approach to helping people live well with cancer based on The Bristol Whole Life Approach – an approach that shows that there is more to health than what is simply going on in our bodies, and that to be resilient and to function as well as we can, we need to pay attention to our mental, emotional and spiritual health, as well as our physical health.

"I live in rural Oxfordshire with my husband Paul, and outside of work we like travelling, eating, being active and spending time with friends and family. I am a qualified aerobics instructor and, although I no longer teach classes, I have always believed in the importance of maintaining your personal health."

Join the conversation

Please share and tweet @Sue_Ryder throughout the day with any questions you'd like to ask Jacqui

Previous takeovers

Wednesday 31st October 2018

Dr Chris Kane

Consultant in Palliative Medicine, Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice

"I provide expert specialist medical care to people with life-limiting conditions. I’m part of a wide team of people helping to ensure that we help people to live life to the fullest.

"Outside of work, I’m married to Clare, I love baking and this year I ran a half marathon for Sue Ryder Wheatfields!"

Dr Chris Kane, Consultant in Palliative Medicine at Wheatfields Hospice

Wednesday 8th August 2018

Kate Bratt-Farrar

Hospice Director, Sue Ryder 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 2018 raising money for Sue Ryder."

Kate Bratt-Farrar

Tuesday 12th June 2018

Emma Leiper Finlayson

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."

Emma Leiper Finlayson

Wednesday 9th May 2018

Fern Dettmer

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."

Fern Dettmer

Tuesday 6th March 2018

Sam Lewis

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)!"

Sam Lewis