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Manorlands volunteer hypnotherapist Amy Brown and patient Jacki Scholefield

Why our Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice is pioneering hypnotherapy as a way for families to come to terms with bereavement

Our seven hospices routinely offer counselling to the bereaved and, in recent years, alternative therapies such as massage, reiki and reflexology – including, at our Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice in West Yorkshire, hypnotherapy. For some who’ve experienced it, the results are transforming, as local blogger Stephen Whitehead discovered when he met Jacki Scholefield.

Kirsty with her mum Kathleen making a toast

“Mum and I didn’t know what Dad would have wanted for his funeral. Because of that, we talked about what Mum’s final wishes would be.”

Kirsty Hodgson’s mum Kathleen spent the last two weeks of her life at Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice in Leeds in August 2016. Here, she recounts their story and explains why they made plans were put in place for the end of her mum's life.

Valerie with her daughter Harriet

“Not all of us will have the opportunity to plan our death and I feel that, if you can, you should.”

Valerie Bevan, 69, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 26 years ago and now only has movement in her head and neck. She is a day patient at Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice where her daughter Harriet works as a Community Fundraiser. This is her story in her own words.

Patient support volunteer Susan Clark in the kitchen at Wheatfields

“Just making someone smile, however briefly, is a lovely feeling.”

Patient support volunteer Susan Clark has been volunteering her time on the wards and in the kitchens at Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice in Leeds for almost 40 years. Here, she outlines what her role involves and what the hospice is really like.

Image of a Sue Ryder male Healthcare Assistant with a neurological resident at The Chantry

Demand for neurology plan following largest patient survey

People with neurological conditions are facing long waiting times, limited access to specialists and say they are being discriminated against, a new survey by The Neurological Alliance has found.

Pat at the party with her daughter

"It was an absolute thrill to be nominated to attend the Royal Garden Party. I got to see the Queen looking lovely in her pink suit!"

Pat McClelland, Lead Volunteer at our Airedale Shopping Centre charity shop in Keighley, West Yorkshire, was among the guests invited to Buckingham Palace for the Queen’s Annual Royal Garden Party in May. 

Miki Mitchell whose husband was cared for by Manorlands and the Queensbury Queens of the Mountain cycling club

“Dust off your bike and join us so that Manorlands can be there for more people like Chris.”

When she lost her husband Chris to cancer last October, Miki Mitchell was devastated. However, through it all, our Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice was there to provide support and now, one year on, Miki is supporting them – bringing with her 100 entrants to Manorlands’ annual Bronte Sportive cycling event.    

Susan on her bike

"On every training session I think about my Mum. She is what inspires me to keep going."

Next month, Susan will be taking on the Bolton Ironman Triathlon, a gruelling 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride and marathon 26.22 mile run for Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice in memory of her Mum.

The Lunn family

“My experience of Sue Ryder’s care has taken away my fear of dying.”

As part of our summer appeal, Val Lunn recounts how, in the space of a year, she lost her husband and son – and how Sue Ryder supported her family through the toughest time of her life.

Nona Toothill at Machu Picchu

“When you stood at the Sun Gate with the iconic view of Machu Picchu in front of you, it was truly breath-taking.”

In October, Nona Toothill trekked the Inca Trail in support of our Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice. This is her run-down of how to fundraise, prepare, train, the support you can expect from Team Incredible and what it’s really like when you get there.