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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.

Stuart Fisher - Volunteer at The Chantry

‘I do it because I absolutely love it.’ Chantry volunteer Stuart on the joys of helping others, getting back what you put in and the perils of Scrabble

Stuart Fisher, 69, has been a volunteer at Sue Ryder’s specialist neurological care centre, The Chantry, for more than five years. He drives residents to appointments, takes them on outings, to visit family and also visits a particular resident once a week for coffee, a chat and the occasional game of Scrabble.

Chica pet therapy

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!

Two volunteers at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice

Take the leap and volunteer for Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice

Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice is asking people to seize a new opportunity this leap year by volunteering.

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.

Sue Ryder volunteers at the Bury St. Edmund charity shop.

Volunteering; the best New Year’s resolution you will ever make!

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.

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.

Physiotherapist Funmi Shitta-Bey at the St John's Day Therapy service

“We help people in our care live their lives to the full.”

“When living with a life-limiting condition, there is still life to be lived. And here at Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice our multi-disciplinary teams do all we can to make sure that life is fulfilling.” These are the words of Funmi Shitta-Bey, Physiotherapist and Day Therapy Lead at Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice in Bedfordshire, who tells us more about her role.