Suffolk’s Dementia Together service led by Sue Ryder has seen a big increase in the number of calls to its helpline and has launched virtual meet-ups to support people living with dementia and their families during this difficult time.
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.
Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice is asking people to seize a new opportunity this leap year by volunteering.
“When living with a life-limiting condition, there is still life to be lived. And here at Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice our multi-disciplinary teams do all we can to make sure that life is fulfilling.” These are the words of Funmi Shitta-Bey, Physiotherapist and Day Therapy Lead at Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice in Bedfordshire, who tells us more about her role.
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.
Staff at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice have been trialling an innovative Wellbeing Café to support patients to live as fully and actively as possible with great success.
"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.
“I volunteer in Mum’s memory to give something back for the wonderful care she received at St John’s.”
Volunteer receptionist Janet Burgess is the first person patients and visitors meet when they come to Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice. She has volunteered there for five years in memory of her mother Joyce, leading to her being shortlisted for a Volunteer of the Year Award.
"What do you say to someone facing a life-changing diagnosis? I have no idea - but I'm a good listener and that helps."
Penny Fisher has volunteered as a befriender and bereavement supporter at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice since 2008, following the death of her husband. Here, she tells us why she gives her time.
"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.