Kay Backhouse’s brother Syd died at Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice in February 2019, aged just 35, after being diagnosed with neuroendocrine cancer on his 28th birthday. Here, she talks about the support her family received during such a difficult time.
We understand that visiting is loved ones is crucial to the health and wellbeing of all our patients and clients, and the safety of the people in our care remains of paramount importance.
We are delighted to announce the appointment of Dr Rima Makarem as our new Chair of Trustees at Sue Ryder.
Stella joined Sue Ryder as a befriending volunteer in South Oxfordshire in 2018. Like many volunteers across the UK, this year she had to pause her volunteering role temporarily to limit the spread of coronavirus. She reflects on her favourite memories as a befriender and shares how she's continued supporting her local community during the pandemic.
Carol, Mark, Louise and Jacqui have all gone from volunteers to paid members of staff at our Sue Ryder Abbeydale shop. They discuss their reasons for joining Sue Ryder as volunteers and their personal journeys towards their current retail roles.
“We cannot praise the staff enough for the care shown, not only to Duncan, but to us, the relatives”
Duncan, 52, was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in his twenties and lived with his parents, until moving into Sue Ryder Neurological Care Centre Dee View Court in January 2020. Weeks later, the country went into lockdown. Here, Duncan’s sister Catriona details how Sue Ryder staff provided much-needed reassurance.
Karen has osteoarthritis and being in a wheelchair, needs support from carers. She talks about attending Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice’s eight week Virtual Day Services programme, which includes quizzes, discussion groups, writing for wellbeing and art.
In partnership with Pets As Therapy, the fur-bulous Ambassasdogs will carry out important duties at each of Sue Ryder’s neurological care centres, hospices, and palliative care hubs across the UK. The four-legged friends awarded the title of Ambassadog, will work with Sue Ryder to spread love and support to those who need it most.
70-year-old Tony Hennigan has celebrated his milestone birthday by walking from Land's End to John O'Groats - for the third time - to raise vital funds for Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice. He completed the 1,000-mile walk in 56 days, raising over £15,000.
Nurse Hannah Wilson is marking her 40th birthday by taking on not just one, but two tough fundraising challenges to raise vital funds for Sue Ryder. Hannah, who celebrated her birthday in April, took the plunge in the Great North Swim in June and plans to follow that by competing in the 40th Great North Run in September.