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Debra and Mabel, our new Pets as Therapy dog

Meet Mabel, St John’s Hospice’s latest volunteer and furry four-legged friend

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.

Sharon Wotherspoon at work in Sue Ryder's Mengham shop

'I honestly enjoy my job so much it doesn’t feel like going to work every day’

For Sharon Wotherspoon, it was the start of a whole new career when her children volunteered at their local Sue Ryder shop. That was six years ago and Sharon is now Shop Manager of Sue Ryder’s Mengham shop on Hayling Island.

Occupational Therapist Heather Bayliss outside Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Day Hospice

"My role is to empower people – and often it’s the smallest things that make the biggest difference."

Occupational Therapist Heather Bayliss shares how Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court’s multidisciplinary Day Hospice team supports people living with cancer, lung disease, heart failure or neurological conditions in Gloucestershire.

Helen with her late mum

“Mum would be spurring me on if she was here, so I’m running a 5K and 10K in one day for her.”

39-year-old Helen Daniels is taking part in the Bedford Running Festival in September. She’ll be running in memory of her mum and to raise funds for the hospice that cared for her, Sue Ryder St John’s in Moggerhanger.

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.

Bella the Pets as Therapy dog with a Sue Ryder Nurse

“Bella was born to be a Pets as Therapy dog”: meet Duchess of Kent Hospice’s four-legged volunteer

Pets can be a great support during illness and beyond – as volunteer Barry discovered when, following his wife Sarita’s death, he signed up their puppy Bella to become a certified Pets as Therapy dog.

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.