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.
Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice is asking people to seize a new opportunity this leap year by volunteering.
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.
The support group held a Christmas party on Thursday 12th December, with lots of carol singing and a chance to talk to other carers, at Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice.
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.
Carers’ Thursday, a support group for carers run by staff and volunteers from Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice and Carers in Bedfordshire, has just marked its second anniversary with a special celebration.
“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.
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.
"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.
People with neurological conditions in England are being let down by the very health and care systems that are supposed to be supporting them – that’s the finding of our new report Time to get it right, writes our Policy and Public Affairs Manager (England) Duncan Lugton.