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Runners covered in paint during the PaintRush fundraising event

Volunteers gear up for Sue Ryder St John's Hospice's first ever PaintRush event

Volunteers are making preparations to bring the first ever PaintRush event to St Neots on 29th March next year, raising vital funds for families needing the expert palliative care and bereavement support provided by Sue Ryder St John's Hospice.

Lindsay O'Kane Running

Mum to run 5k every day this December in support of Sue Ryder St John's Hospice

For her third December Daily Dash, mum of two Lindsay O'Kane is taking on the challenge of running 5km every single day throughout December, including Christmas Day, in support of Sue Ryder St John’s, who cared for her grandmother.

St. John's Hospice Staff & Volunteers Celebrating Their 'Outstanding' Rating

Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice rated as ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission

Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice has been rated as ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission after a rigorous two day inspection of the hospice's expert palliative care services, including its palliative care hub, in September and October 2019.

Paramedic students from the University of Bedfordshire have been invited into Sue Ryder St John's Hospice

Paramedic students learn about the importance of palliative care at Sue Ryder St John's Hospice

An innovative placement scheme at Sue Ryder St John's Hospice has given first year paramedic students the chance to find out more about end of life care. 

London Marathon runner 2020 Sarah Riley with her late dad

Running through grief

“Running teaches us to keep moving forward, one step at a time – especially in our most painful moments.” These are the words of Sarah Riley who, five months ago, lost her dad to cancer. Since then, she has been fundraising in his memory and is taking on the London Marathon 2020.

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.

Nursing Assistant Penny Jarvis

“My husband’s wish was to die at home. He wanted to be surrounded by his own things with his family and friends around him.”

Penny Jarvis’s husband Colin died in 2009, five years after he was first diagnosed with a rare degenerative brain disease. Penny was Colin’s main carer and he was able to die in his own home according to his wishes. Ten years on and Penny, a Nursing Assistant, now works as part of the Hospice at Home team at Sue Ryder South Oxfordshire Palliative Care Hub.

Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Nurse Susan holding up her wet suit

“The hospice is close to my heart so I am swimming to raise money for families needing our care."

Later this summer, Susan Shackleton is swapping her Sue Ryder Nurse’s uniform for a wet suit and googles to raise funds for the patients she helps care for at Thorpe Hall Hospice.

Helen with her late mum

“Mum would be spurring me on if she was here, so I’m running a 5K and 10K in one day for her.”

39-year-old Helen Daniels is taking part in the Bedford Running Festival in September. She’ll be running in memory of her mum and to raise funds for the hospice that cared for her, Sue Ryder St John’s in Moggerhanger.

Thorpe Hall Hospice's Wellbeing Cafe organisers Margretta and Vicky.

Thorpe Hall Hospice’s pioneering Wellbeing Café brings patients "a sense of joy"

Staff at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice have been trialling an innovative Wellbeing Café to support patients to live as fully and actively as possible with great success.

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Sue Ryder Hospice at Home Nurse getting out of car

Announcement regarding our services at South Oxfordshire Palliative Care Hub

The Sue Ryder South Oxfordshire Palliative Care Hub is planning to close its hospice inpatient unit at Nettlebed at the end of March 2020. The charity will continue to provide specialist palliative hospice care in the home, in the South Oxfordshire community.