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Jean Piper at the Incredible Colleagues Awards with Heidi Travis, in 2019.

Inspiring Wheatfields volunteer and fundraiser, Jean Piper, presented with special Sue Ryder award

Jean Piper’s husband Clive was cared for at Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice eleven years ago and Jean embarked on the ‘Dive for Clive’ skydive in his memory. Even when she herself was diagnosed with leukaemia she continued fundraising and volunteering in the Wheatfields shop, and it is that determination which saw her presented with the Sue Ryder Incredible Colleagues Award for Overcoming Obstacles last year.

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.

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.

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. 

Danielle Gill with her mum and sister

“I will be imagining Mum is waiting for me at the end of the 26.2 miles.”

Our Wheatfields Hospice at Home team cared for Danielle Gill’s mum Jean nine years ago. This year, she is taking on the London Marathon for Sue Ryder to say thank you. This is Danielle’s story in her own words.

A girl wrapped in a blanket browsing the Online Community on her tablet 546

What to do if you struggle with days like Mother’s Day

"For those of us whose Mums have died, we are often at a loss as to how to deal with Mother's Day," acknowledges Christine Ellis, Head of Family Support at our Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice. "Do we ignore it? Do we feel sad or filled with regret? Do we celebrate it?" Chris, who has helped countless families through bereavement, shares her expert advice.

Photo of Richard Littledale at Sue Ryder's annual lecture 2019

"Bereavement is a deep wound with no visible scar"

We were delighted to welcome our regular blogger, Richard Littledale, as keynote speaker at the Sue Ryder annual lecture last week. The event was hosted by Rachel Reeves MP at the House of Commons and discussed the topic of bereavement.

Sue Ryder fundraiser Ryan Judson's Mum walking in the sunshine

How can one song mean so much?

"It's amazing how you can attach feelings to a song, which will forever draw an emotional response. There are a few songs that make me think of my Mum, and for a number of reasons," writes blogger Ryan Judson, whose mum was cared for at our Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice in West Yorkshire. "Tonight, the most important of all those songs came on, and it hurt more than ever."

Michelle Vann on her wedding day with her late mum Janis

“Manorlands staff move heaven and earth to make sure patients and their families feel safe, cared for and at home.”

Our Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice provided Michelle Vann’s parents, Janis and Mark Lawson, with outreach nursing and respite care before they ended their lives at the hospice. This is their family’s story in Michelle’s own words.

Jess Bacon and her dad

Why you should give bereavement counselling a try

“Initially, I thought no one could help me as no one could change what happened, but I’ve discovered that that isn't really the point of counselling at all.” Blogger Jess reflects on how, five years after her Dad’s death, counselling and therapy have helped her come to terms with her loss.