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Jean Piper at the Incredible Colleagues Awards with Heidi Travis, in 2019.

Inspiring Wheatfields volunteer and fundraiser, Jean Piper, presented with special Sue Ryder award

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.

Jonathon, Richard and Simon Cox in their cycle helmets

Gloucestershire family take on 100-mile RideLondon-Surrey challenge for Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice

A family are challenging themselves to complete a 100-mile cycle to raise money for their local Sue Ryder Leckhampton Hospice, who supported their wife and mother when she died.

Laura Gilder's mum playing on a kids' toy

“Eight of us chose to run the Cheltenham Half for Sue Ryder. If Mum were here, she would be doing the same.”

Laura Gilder’s mum was cared for by staff at Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice in 2018. In this blog post, 30-year-old Laura writes about the care that inspired her, and seven of her family members, to line up behind the start line of the Cheltenham Half Marathon last year in support of Sue Ryder.

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.

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.

A cartoon drawn by Hands of a Ride for Ryder cyclist

“As volunteers, our reward is to see and share those golden moments of laughter and pride with our patients.”

Hans Hanagarth has volunteered in the Art Room at Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice’s Day Hospice for ten years. A creative cartoonist, Hans volunteers his time and skills to teach patients painting, crafts and drawing. This is his story.

Foodie fundraiser Gill Cameron

How my foodie passion was a recipe for fundraising success

Last year, Sue Ryder supporter Gill Cameron took her passion for food and travel, and combined it to create her very own foodie fundraiser in support of her local hospice, Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court.

London Marathon runner Connie

"I'm conquering the London Marathon in memory of my biggest fan and partner in crime – my dad."

Meet part-time fitness instructor and personal trainer Connie Craddock, who is preparing to take on the London Marathon in support of Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice. In this blog post, Connie explains how she was inspired to run the 26.2 mile marathon for the fourth time after her dad was cared for at the hospice.

London Marathon runner Lee Cook with his two daughters

"When the going gets tough, I think of what Sue Ryder patients and their families are going through."

Later this month Lee Cook will be joining a crew of #TeamIncredible runners taking on the Virgin Money London Marathon - after 20 years of entering the ballot! - in support of our Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice.

Helen Hopkins with late husband Dan and son George 546

"I want to show people that hospice care is for people of any age - no matter how young."

35-year-old Helen Hopkins has set up a fundraising group with a family focus in support of our Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice to raise funds in memory of her husband, Dan. Here, tells us more about the care she and Dan received, and how this inspired her to raise vital funds so more families can receive the same care too.