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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.

Patient support volunteer Susan Clark in the kitchen at Wheatfields

“Just making someone smile, however briefly, is a lovely feeling.”

Patient support volunteer Susan Clark has been volunteering her time on the wards and in the kitchens at Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice in Leeds for almost 40 years. Here, she outlines what her role involves and what the hospice is really like.

Pat at the party with her daughter

"It was an absolute thrill to be nominated to attend the Royal Garden Party. I got to see the Queen looking lovely in her pink suit!"

Pat McClelland, Lead Volunteer at our Airedale Shopping Centre charity shop in Keighley, West Yorkshire, was among the guests invited to Buckingham Palace for the Queen’s Annual Royal Garden Party in May. 

A girl wrapped in a blanket browsing the Online Community on her tablet 546

What to do if you struggle with days like Mother’s Day

"For those of us whose Mums have died, we are often at a loss as to how to deal with Mother's Day," acknowledges Christine Ellis, Head of Family Support at our Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice. "Do we ignore it? Do we feel sad or filled with regret? Do we celebrate it?" Chris, who has helped countless families through bereavement, shares her expert advice.

Allestree Shop Supervisor Elizabeth Meakin working hard

"Volunteering at the shop made me feel accepted and useful"

Having recently moved to the Derby area, Elizabeth Meakin found that volunteering at her local Sue Ryder charity shop was the perfect way not only to meet people and boost her confidence but change her career.

Henry (far right) during his last half marathon where he achieved a personal best of two hours.

Training for Royal Parks Half in six weeks: Building up the distance

National Events Fundraiser and Team Incredible Captain Henry Fleming is training for a half marathon in just six weeks. During week two, he blogs about how he’s gradually increasing the length of his runs – and, with the help of much fitter colleagues, his fitness.

Henry taking on the Reading Half in 2017

Zero to hero in six weeks: Henry's half marathon challenge

Can you really go from couch to half marathon in 39 days? Our Events Fundraiser and Team Incredible Captain Henry Fleming is attempting just that – despite not having even touched his trainers in months... Join him as he starts his training for the Royal Parks Half next month.

Team Lyds during a training session at their local park

Team Lyds take on Great North Run in memory of Mum

Lydia Peel was just 40 years old when she lost her battle against cancer. Family and friends are running in her memory to support our Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice, who looked after beloved Lydia in her final days.

Jack Rogers at the till in our Airedale store

“I love being part of the team; we have really good team spirit”

27-year-old Jack Rogers has been volunteering at his local Sue Ryder shop in the Keighley Airedale Centre in West Yorkshire for the past three years.