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Meg and a Sue Ryder nurse visit one of her Chantry friends

“It just struck me that with my experience in mental health counselling, perhaps I could help out in some way.”

After working at MIND for many years, Meg has became volunteer at The Chantry Neurological Care Centre. She visits weekly as a befriender to several of the residents, each of whom has been impacted by a neurological condition and is also training as an end of life ‘Doula’.

Jess Bacon as a child with her family

'Even if it's just to one person, or just one word, say something.' Jess Bacon's struggles with grief and the importance of opening up to others

At sixteen, Jess Bacon tragically lost her Dad. Here, she describes her struggles with depression and communicating about her loss, the silence of those around her who were scared to say the wrong thing and the liberating power of reaching out to people for support; 'Even if it's just to one person, or just one word, say something.'

Two volunteers at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice

Take the leap and volunteer for Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice

Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice is asking people to seize a new opportunity this leap year by volunteering.

Lee Jackson and his mum Jean hugging

‘I was in quite a dark place and just being able to talk to someone made a huge difference.' How our bereavement support has given Lee hope and perspective after losing his mum Jean

Lee Jackson signed up for a trek to the Great Wall of China after his mum Jean received end-of-life care at Sue Ryder’s Manorlands Hospice. He explains why he was determined to give back to the Manorlands team who cared for Jean, how his trip turned out to be a cathartic experience and how comforting Manorlands' bereavement counselling has been for him since Jean's death.

Sue Ryder Nurses - Thorpe Hall

BGL’s support helps us be there when it matters

It’s been a year since BGL announced it would support Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice as its chosen Charity of the Year in a special two year partnership. During the first year, the group, which has its head office in Peterborough, has raised vital funds, supported fundraising events and volunteered staff to help with projects across the hospice.

Two people holding hands

Sue Ryder survey reveals almost half of people experience poor mental health following the death of a loved one

In response to the survey commissioned by Sue Ryder, we are launching our #JustSaySomething campaign in a bid to encourage everyone to open up about grief and bereavement, enabling a more honest, supportive grieving process for those affected and people supporting them.

Two Sue Ryder Nurses helping a patient walk

Sue Ryder issues stark warning to Government that UK hospice services will collapse without imminent funding reform

Sue Ryder is today releasing a public warning to the Government that hospice services in the UK are in a state of crisis and will collapse without imminent funding reform.

Debra and Mabel, our new Pets as Therapy dog

Meet Mabel, St John’s Hospice’s latest volunteer and furry four-legged friend

Meet the latest volunteer at Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice – a loveable, furry, three year old Cockapoo called Mabel. Pets as Therapy dog Mabel started volunteering at the hospice last year and has proved to be a ‘pawsome’ pal to patients, relatives and staff. Here, Mabel’s owner and fellow volunteer Debra tells us about their experiences.

Jacqui Ackroyd, St. John's Hospice's new Developmental Ward Manager

Year of the Nurse: Meet Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice's new Ward Manager Jacqui

For Year of the Nurse, where we celebrate the important work of our Sue Ryder Nurses, we begin by talking with Jacqui Ackroyd, who has been appointed St John's Hospice's new Developmental Ward Manager. “I am honoured to be a nurse and I am proud to work at Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice.”

Sue Ryder Neurological Care Centre Lancashire being built

Sue Ryder Neurological Care Centre Lancashire only eight weeks away from completion

Since early 2018, Sue Ryder and Seddon have been working together to deliver the state-of-the-art Neurological Care Centre Lancashire, which will provide a much-needed rehabilitation centre for local people with long-term neurological conditions. Now, more than 100,000 bricks and half a million hours of on-site labour later, it’s nearly here!

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Sue Ryder Hospice at Home Nurse getting out of car

Announcement regarding our services at South Oxfordshire Palliative Care Hub

The Sue Ryder South Oxfordshire Palliative Care Hub is planning to close its hospice inpatient unit at Nettlebed at the end of March 2020. The charity will continue to provide specialist palliative hospice care in the home, in the South Oxfordshire community.

Sue Ryder responds to latest NHS Continuing Healthcare report

Sue Ryder was delighted to be able to help the Public Account Committee’s recent investigation into NHS Continuing Healthcare funding by giving evidence in person to the MPs and are very pleased to see our evidence reflected in the committee's findings.

Sue Ryder position statement: Holme Hall

Sue Ryder Holme Hall neurological care centre in Yorkshire will close by the end of March 2018.

Voluntary hospice movement underpins NHS, says Sue Ryder hospice director in response to reports of 118,000 patients being denied end of life care

Elise Hoadley, our Director of Gloucestershire-based Leckhampton Court Hospice has responded to Hospice UK reports that 100,000+ people a year are left without the vital hospice care they need across the UK. The findings, from Hospice UK, report that more than 118,000 people with a terminal or life-limiting condition are denied specialist palliative hospice care because of funding pressures within the NHS.

Sue Ryder responds to new research published in BMC Medicine that finds at least 42% more people will need palliative care in England and Wales by 2040

When asked, the majority of people, some 82%, say that they would like to die at home. There is also evidence that only just over half of people (some 54%) actually get their wish. At Sue Ryder, we are working to support people in their choice of their end of life care and setting.

Neil Goulden appointed as our new Chair of Trustees

Neil Goulden has been appointed Chairman of Trustees for Sue Ryder following a formal selection process. Neil has served as a trustee at Sue Ryder for four years and is currently the Chair of the Financial and Audit committee. He takes over from the current Chair Roger Paffard on 12 July 2017.

Sue Ryder comments on the changes in bereavement benefits that come into force today

Sue Hogston, Chief Nurse at Sue Ryder, said: "We are incredibly disappointed that the Government is going ahead with plans to make significant changes to bereavement support payments, which come into force today, 6th April 2017."

Bigger and better neurological care centre facility for Scotland gets one step closer

National healthcare charity Sue Ryder has just announced that planning permission to extend Sue Ryder Dee View Court in Aberdeen has been granted. The extension to the care centre will help develop and expand our neurological care services to better meet the needs of people with long-term neurological conditions in and around Aberdeen

Sue Ryder statement on end of life care ahead of debate in House of Lords

Ahead of the debate in the House of Lords today, Tuesday 14th March, Sue Ryder comments on why it’s so important to hear about how the Government will follow through on its National Commitment to improve end of life care.

Sue Ryder responds to the new research report from The Neurological Alliance on the state of neurological services in England

Pamela MacKenzie, Director of Neurological Services at Sue Ryder, said: "The findings of the new patient survey released today (Tuesday, 14 March) present a damning picture on of the state of neurological services in England. It shows that services are deteriorating and greater investment in neurological services is needed so people can get the help and support they need and deserve."