Tracey Le Gallez, Sue Ryder's Volunteer Business Partner for Retail & Corporate, discusses the importance of our dedicated volunteers, her first-hand experiences since her beginnings as a charity shop volunteer and how joining us as part of the team could be your New Year's resolution in 2020.
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.
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.
This week sees the UK’s first ever National Grief Awareness Week, encouraging us all to #OpenUpToGrief and break the taboo around death and bereavement, for a more open discussion of a subject which affects us all at some time in our lives.
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.
After Richard Littledale lost his beloved wife Fiona back in 2017, he decided to chronicle his experience of bereavement in the hope of comforting others. They have been turned into a book Postcards from the Land of Grief, published today, and 100% of the royalties will go directly towards Sue Ryder's expert and compassionate care.
Whilst Brits know how they would spend their last days on earth, few are preparing for them, our new survey has revealed. As a result of this, we are calling on the nation to start talking about death.
To round off National Volunteers’ Week, we want to celebrate the furry, four-legged volunteers who work so hard to brighten the days of our patients, residents and families – not forgetting their humans!
“I volunteer in Mum’s memory to give something back for the wonderful care she received at St John’s.”
Volunteer receptionist Janet Burgess is the first person patients and visitors meet when they come to Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice. She has volunteered there for five years in memory of her mother Joyce, leading to her being shortlisted for a Volunteer of the Year Award.
"What do you say to someone facing a life-changing diagnosis? I have no idea - but I'm a good listener and that helps."
Penny Fisher has volunteered as a befriender and bereavement supporter at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice since 2008, following the death of her husband. Here, she tells us why she gives her time.
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