“Even the very best of times can have a tinge of sadness” Sue Ryder Counsellor Felicity offers advice on coping with grief over Christmas
Felicity Ward, Counsellor for Sue Ryder’s Online Bereavement Counselling service, gives her advice for people grieving at Christmas, the complex emotions which can arise during such a time of togetherness, and how their family and friends can provide support over the festive period.
Shane Smith, Counsellor for Sue Ryder’s Online Bereavement Counselling service, offers his advice for those grieving at Christmas who might be concerned about being with others or how they might feel at this time of year.
Staff at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice have paid tribute to a well-loved volunteer, Judith ‘Judie’ Allen, who passed away in September. She dedicated her time and skills for 30 years and through her countless hours of volunteering, supporting and fundraising, helped to raise an astonishing £300,000.
Kerry Surkitt has been racking up the medals, completing 50 marathons before she turns 50 – and now she’s aiming for 100 to raise funds for Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice, who cared for her best friend Bev.
A family from Mortimer are getting together this October for Walk to Remember, in tribute to a much-loved family member, Roy Hillyard, who passed away during the UK lockdown and received end of life care at Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice.
Man who learned to walk again takes on '26 miles in 26 days' challenge for Sue Ryder Neurological Care Centre The Chantry
Paul Osborne, a client at Sue Ryder Neurological Care Centre The Chantry is taking on a ‘26 miles in 26 days’ challenge to raise funds for the centre, where he received specialist care and physiotherapy, after surgery to remove a brain tumour left him unable to walk properly.
Brothers-in-law Russell Champion and Rob Kingsford have raised over £33,000 for Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice in Reading by cycling from Lands’ End to John O’Groats, in memory of Russell’s aunt, Rachel Gormley, who was cared for at the hospice.
The December Daily Dash was started in 2015 by Jackie and Mark Smith after Jackie’s dad, Mike, was cared for by Sue Ryder in the last months of his life. Growing from just 13 participants in its first year to 550 last year, the event has raised an incredible £100,000 to date.
“What I remember so vividly about that time is the level of care at the hospice, it was phenomenal.”
When her father Sam passed away in April 2017, Caroline Gratrix pledged to raise £10,000 for Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice in Reading where he was cared for during his final few days. After only three years of fundraising, she exceeded her target using her photography skills.
Sue Ryder has commented on extending bereavement benefits to unmarried partners with children, to help broaden access to these crucial bereavement benefits and make the process itself more flexible for those in need of this financial support.