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Kerry Surkitt with her medals, at her 50th marathon.

Kerry smashes charity challenge to run 50 marathons by the age of 50

Kerry Surkitt has been racking up the medals, completing 50 marathons before she turns 50 – and now she’s aiming for 100 to raise funds for Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice, who cared for her best friend Bev.

Sue Ryder Nurse, Leonie Turner.

Sue Ryder Nurse encourages others to consider a rewarding career in palliative care

Leonie Turner, a palliative care nurse at Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice in Moggerhanger, is sharing her story this Hospice Care Week in the hope of inspiring others to follow a career in palliative care.

Roy Hillyard and his family, celebrating at a pub

Berkshire family step out for Walk to Remember in honour of loved one

A family from Mortimer are getting together this October for Walk to Remember, in tribute to a much-loved family member, Roy Hillyard, who passed away during the UK lockdown and received end of life care at Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice.

Paul Osborne, a client at Sue Ryder Neurological Care Centre The Chantry

Man who learned to walk again takes on '26 miles in 26 days' challenge for Sue Ryder Neurological Care Centre The Chantry

Paul Osborne, a client at Sue Ryder Neurological Care Centre The Chantry is taking on a ‘26 miles in 26 days’ challenge to raise funds for the centre, where he received specialist care and physiotherapy, after surgery to remove a brain tumour left him unable to walk properly.

Russell and Rob in their cycling gear, on their 1,000 mile fundraising journey.

Cyclists take on 1,000 mile trip and raise thousands for Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice

Brothers-in-law Russell Champion and Rob Kingsford have raised over £33,000 for Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice in Reading by cycling from Lands’ End to John O’Groats, in memory of Russell’s aunt, Rachel Gormley, who was cared for at the hospice.

Caroline Gratrix and her father, Sam

“What I remember so vividly about that time is the level of care at the hospice, it was phenomenal.”

When her father Sam passed away in April 2017, Caroline Gratrix pledged to raise £10,000 for Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice in Reading where he was cared for during his final few days. After only three years of fundraising, she exceeded her target using her photography skills.

Fern, the IPU Manager at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice

“There are so many elements of my job that I love.” Fern, Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice's Inpatient Unit Manager

After a variety of other nursing environments and more than a decade on from her first placement at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice, Fern is now their IPU Manager. She describes her nursing and managerial responsibilities, as well as the challenges and joys of working in palliative care.

Sue Ryder Nurse Caroline Salmon

“I started at Thorpe Hall in March and obviously things have been very different to how they would normally be.” Caroline, Sue Ryder Nurse

Arriving at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice in March 2020, Caroline has had a long and varied career in nursing and brings a wealth of experience to Sue Ryder. But nothing could have prepared her for the impact Covid-19 would have on our healthcare system.

Kirsty McEwan with her race medal after the Royal Parks Half Marathon.

‘I decided to fundraise for Sue Ryder because I wanted to give something back.’

Kirsty McEwen ran the Royal Parks Half Marathon to raise money for Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice which cared for her mum, Julie, in her final days. Despite the rain and the mud on the day, Kirsty knocked 13 minutes off her previous best time and succeeded in raising an amazing £1,105.

Sue Ryder St John's Family Support Team

Meet the Sue Ryder St John's Family Support Team

Meet Sue Ryder St John’s Family Support Team, a multi-disciplinary team who support people from diagnosis onwards, during life-limiting conditions, and we also offer bereavement support after a loved one has died.