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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.

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.

Holli Posnett with one of the Sue Ryder Nurses who cared for her mum

"At the worst time of your life, a Sue Ryder hospice is the best place you can be."

Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice has had a big place in Holli Posnett’s heart ever since her mum Christine was cared for there in 1998. To mark the 20th anniversary of her Mum’s passing, Holli decided to raise as much money as she could for the hospice in a year. This is her story.

11-year-old fundraiser Cameron outside Leckhampton Court Hospice

11-year-old Cameron to take on triathlon in support of Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice

Plucky Cameron is preparing to take on the challenge of a triathlon in memory of his mum’s friend Chris and dad’s friend Richie who were both cared for at the hospice. This is his story.

Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice at Home team standing in hall

"The care and help we received were beyond words."

Michael Durkin, 69, was supported by our Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice at Home team to care for both his mother, Kathleen, and his brother, Tom, at the end of their lives, keeping them at home.

Lottery Super Draw winner Lynn Furr celebrates with friend and St John’s Palliative Care Hub Nursing Assistant Dionne Bennett

Bedfordshire resident scoops our Sue Ryder Lottery Super Draw 2019

A 65-year-old woman from Henlow is celebrating this month after winning £1,000 a month for a year.

Tony with his late wife Maggie

"It was a great way for the whole family to see the funds being raised in Maggie's memory, and share photos and memories of her."

Maggie King passed away at our Thorpe Hall Hospice, where she spent so many years volunteering, in August 2018. Since then, her husband Tony has set up an Incredible Memories Tribute Fund. He tells us why.

Sue Ryder Nurses holding the Sue Ryder logo ready to take on the Dragon Boat Race 2019

Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall staff will make waves to raise funds for families needing our care

Big-hearted staff at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice are taking to the water on Saturday 8th June to compete in the Peterborough Dragon Boat Festival, for which the hospice is charity partner.

Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall fundraising team

“The care my granddad received had a massive impact on my family so I’m giving something back.”

When Mitch Staff’s grandfather spent his last days at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice in 2010, the care he received made a big impression on his 10-year-old grandson.