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Dale Anderson standing at the till in the Sue Ryder Goose Gate shop in Nottingham.

“I really think I’ve found my calling!” Volunteering in a Sue Ryder charity shop

When Dale Anderson joined the team at Sue Ryder’s Nottingham Goose Gate store he was looking for some work experience in the retail sector, but what he found was so much more.

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.

Maggie the greyhound

A shout-out to the therapy dogs of Sue Ryder (and an alpaca, too)

In our latest blog, we want to celebrate the furry, four-legged Sue Ryder volunteers who work so hard to brighten the days of our patients, residents and families – not forgetting their humans!

Four volunteers holding Sue Ryder tea cups at our Bury St. Edmunds shop.

Celebrating Volunteering in 2019

In the latest volunteering blog, Bluebell Smith, Volunteer Manager (Healthcare and Fundraising), looks back over this year's volunteering achievements and considers why December is an ideal month for both reflection and celebration. 

A volunteer serving a customer in a Sue Ryder shop

The power of volunteering

Bluebell Smith, Volunteer Manager (Healthcare and Fundraising), discusses how volunteering has shaped her life, the friends she has made, the perspective gained, the enduring reminder this has given her of the kindness of others and the amazing work of our volunteers.

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.

Patient support volunteer Susan Clark in the kitchen at Wheatfields

“Just making someone smile, however briefly, is a lovely feeling.”

Patient support volunteer Susan Clark has been volunteering her time on the wards and in the kitchens at Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice in Leeds for almost 40 years. Here, she outlines what her role involves and what the hospice is really like.

Pat at the party with her daughter

"It was an absolute thrill to be nominated to attend the Royal Garden Party. I got to see the Queen looking lovely in her pink suit!"

Pat McClelland, Lead Volunteer at our Airedale Shopping Centre charity shop in Keighley, West Yorkshire, was among the guests invited to Buckingham Palace for the Queen’s Annual Royal Garden Party in May. 

Leckhampton Court Hospice at Home Lead Emma Wright speaks to a patient

“We go in and we let families be families again.”

“We bring hospice care into people’s homes – and it’s a true privilege.” Emma Wright of Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice’s Hospice at Home team gives us an insight into what her job involves as part of our summer appeal.

The Lunn family

“My experience of Sue Ryder’s care has taken away my fear of dying.”

As part of our summer appeal, Val Lunn recounts how, in the space of a year, she lost her husband and son – and how Sue Ryder supported her family through the toughest time of her life.