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Bel Cornwell out on one of her walk routes

“The support has been above and beyond what I could have imagined.” Bel Cornwell's marathon challenge in aid of Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice

Bel Cornwell was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease more than five years ago. Since then she has lost the ability to walk and talk and is confined to a wheelchair, but is still determined to complete her own ‘marathon’ challenge in aid of Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice, who have supported Bel and her family.

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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. 

The lymphoedema team at Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice in their odd socks.

Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent staff rock odd socks for Lymphoedema Awareness Week

Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice's Lymphoedema team are donning odd socks to mark Lymphoedema Awareness Week (2-8 March), shining a light on the condition and showing support for those who have to wear compression garments to manage their symptoms from day-to-day.

Jan Bell - Lymphoedema Therapist at Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice

A day in the life - Jan Bell, Lymphoedema Therapist at Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice

During Lymphoedema Awareness Week, we meet Jan Bell, a Lymphoedema Therapist at Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice. Jan is a qualified nurse and has worked at the hospice for 23 years. The Lyphoedema service provides specialist care and support to help people manage their symptoms. In this blog, she talks us through a day in her life.

Jess Bacon as a child with her family

'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.

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.

A patient receiving a head massage

“Patients tell me complementary therapy gives them a ‘holiday from pain’.”

Elaine Carpenter is Complementary Therapies Coordinator at Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice, leading a team of nine volunteers offering a wide range of complementary therapies to patients, carers and relatives. She explains what complementary therapies are and how they help.

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.