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Volunteers' Week 2020: Alison, a telephone befriender

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.

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Sue Ryder calls on nation to help those grieving as charity sees surge in need for its bereavement support amidst coronavirus turmoil

The UK death toll from Coronavirus has now more than 44,000, which means over an estimated 220,000 people are currently grieving in lockdown. As a result, Sue Ryder has seen a significant spike in the need for its bereavement support, including the charity’s free Online Bereavement Counselling Service and Online Bereavement Community. 

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International Nurse's Day 2020 - meet Danielle, Ward Manager at Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice

Meet Danielle Gregory, Ward Manager at Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice in Reading. Danielle, who has worked at the hospice for 14 years, leads a team of Sue Ryder Nurses and staff in the hospice’s 15-bed inpatient unit. Here, she tells us about her role and why she loves what she does.

Anthony Swan - A Registered Nurse at Wheatfields.

Year of the Nurse: Anthony Swan, from painting and decorating to leading change as a Sue Ryder Nurse

After eight years working in the painting and decorating industry Anthony Swan, 29, realised he had missed his true vocation and made the tough decision to retrain as a nurse. Now employed as a Registered Nurse at Sue Ryder’s Wheatfields Hospice in Leeds, he has teamed up with NHS England to help drive a new approach to person-centred care.

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'Even if it's just to one person, or just one word, say something.' Jess Bacon's struggles with grief and the importance of opening up to others

At sixteen, Jess Bacon tragically lost her Dad. Here, she describes her struggles with depression and communicating about her loss, the silence of those around her who were scared to say the wrong thing and the liberating power of reaching out to people for support; 'Even if it's just to one person, or just one word, say something.'

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Sue Ryder survey reveals almost half of people experience poor mental health following the death of a loved one

In response to the survey commissioned by Sue Ryder, we are launching our #JustSaySomething campaign in a bid to encourage everyone to open up about grief and bereavement, enabling a more honest, supportive grieving process for those affected and people supporting them.

Jacqui Ackroyd, St. John's Hospice's new Developmental Ward Manager

Year of the Nurse: Meet Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice's new Ward Manager Jacqui

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.”

Julie O'Connor volunteering at Leckhampton Court Ride for Ryder

"Sue Ryder enabled my husband Steve to have his last wish."

After Julie O’Connor’s husband was cared for by Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice, she started volunteering in any way she could to give something back. This is her story.

Leckhampton supporters Paulette and Julia

"Supporting our local hospice is something we do together as mum and daughter."

This Mother’s Day we’re sharing the heart-warming words of mother and daughter, Paulette and Julia, who together raise vital funds for their local hospice, Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.

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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.