Alison Hilken is a long-term supporter of Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice and has been volunteering at the hospice for the last 12 years. Due to the coronavirus pandemic she's unable to carry out her normal role supporting day therapy patients, so has become a telephone befriender.
Meet some of our green-fingered volunteer gardeners who help to keep our grounds safe, tidy and looking lovely for patients and staff at Sue Ryder Manorlands and Thorpe Hall Hospices.
Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of the contribution millions of people make across the UK through volunteering and a chance to say a big thank you. Niamh shares her story as as new virtual volunteer who is supporting our existing retail volunteers while in lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.
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.
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.
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.”
“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.
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.
Dementia Together provides practical information and support for people living with dementia and their carers in Suffolk.
Sue Ryder Homecare Stirling held an afternoon tea on Tuesday to bring together its service users, carers and their children to promote physical activity and intergenerational relationships.