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The Lord Lieutenant of Rutland, Dr Sarah Furness, pictured at a small gathering of volunteers and staff to officially mark the opening

The Bereavement Help Point launches in Rutland

Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice is part of a pioneering new partnership supporting bereaved people in Rutland.

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“Even the very best of times can have a tinge of sadness” Sue Ryder Counsellor Felicity offers advice on coping with grief over Christmas

Felicity Ward, Counsellor for Sue Ryder’s Online Bereavement Counselling service, gives her advice for people grieving at Christmas, the complex emotions which can arise during such a time of togetherness, and how their family and friends can provide support over the festive period.

A lady alone at home by a window, during Christmas

“It is OK to feel the way you do” Sue Ryder Counsellor Shane's advice for grieving at Christmas

Shane Smith, Counsellor for Sue Ryder’s Online Bereavement Counselling service, offers his advice for those grieving at Christmas who might be concerned about being with others or how they might feel at this time of year.

Jackie and Mark Smith in their bright green December Daily Dash clothing.

“I really wanted to try and find something positive out of an incredibly sad situation.”

The December Daily Dash was started in 2015 by Jackie and Mark Smith after Jackie’s dad, Mike, was cared for by Sue Ryder in the last months of his life. Growing from just 13 participants in its first year to 550 last year, the event has raised an incredible £100,000 to date.

A mother and daughter sitting together on a sofa, using a computer

Sue Ryder comments on extending bereavement benefits to unmarried partners with children

Sue Ryder has commented on extending bereavement benefits to unmarried partners with children, to help broaden access to these crucial bereavement benefits and make the process itself more flexible for those in need of this financial support.

An online community user on a tablet in their home

Our Online Bereavement Support - a lifeline during lockdown

The effects of the Covid-19 pandemic have transformed daily life for everyone, with the impact on many bereaved people being even more severe due to their isolation in lockdown and a sudden loss of face-to-face support from family, friends or counsellors. In such a difficult time, Sue Ryder's Online Bereavement Support services have provided a vital lifeline.

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.

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Sue Ryder survey reveals almost half of people experience poor mental health following the death of a loved one

In response to the survey commissioned by Sue Ryder, we are launching our #JustSaySomething campaign in a bid to encourage everyone to open up about grief and bereavement, enabling a more honest, supportive grieving process for those affected and people supporting them.

Sue Ryder Nurses Cath Shatford, Bex Pearce and Heather Mitchell standing on the hospice steps

Sue Ryder Nurses take on China trek to raise crucial funds for Leckhampton Court Hospice

Sue Ryder hospice nurses Cath Shatford, Bex Pearce and Heather Mitchell are going on the adventure of a lifetime trekking along one of the Seven Wonders of the World to raise money in support of Leckhampton Court Hospice.

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.