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Judie Allen volunteered at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice for 30 years

Tributes paid to Judie, a “remarkable” hospice volunteer of 30 years

Staff at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice have paid tribute to a well-loved volunteer, Judith ‘Judie’ Allen, who passed away in September. She dedicated her time and skills for 30 years and through her countless hours of volunteering, supporting and fundraising, helped to raise an astonishing £300,000.

Two people holding hands during a counselling session.

“Being able to talk and to have somewhere to share how they are feeling without judgement or fear could really help someone to cope”

Clova McCallum, a counsellor for Sue Ryder’s Online Bereavement Counselling service, talks here of problems people who have been bereaved experience in their workplace and gives advice for employers, colleagues and those who have lost someone.

Two people talking during a counselling session

“The more we normalise death, the healthier, happier and more helpful we can be to ourselves and others who are grieving”

Felicity Ward, Counsellor for Sue Ryder’s Online Bereavement Counselling service, discusses the common issues she finds in the workplace for people who have been bereaved and gives advice for line managers, employees and colleagues on creating a supportive space for those going through grief.

Kerry Surkitt with her medals, at her 50th marathon.

Kerry smashes charity challenge to run 50 marathons by the age of 50

Kerry Surkitt has been racking up the medals, completing 50 marathons before she turns 50 – and now she’s aiming for 100 to raise funds for Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice, who cared for her best friend Bev.

Roy Hillyard and his family, celebrating at a pub

Berkshire family step out for Walk to Remember in honour of loved one

A family from Mortimer are getting together this October for Walk to Remember, in tribute to a much-loved family member, Roy Hillyard, who passed away during the UK lockdown and received end of life care at Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice.

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Sue Ryder and Royal College of Nursing event - 'What use are human rights in end of life care?'

On 5 October, Sue Ryder will be presenting at the Royal College of Nursing event, ‘What use are human rights in end of life care?’ to highlight the areas for development and discuss the changes that need to be made in order to embed a human rights approach to end of life care.

Paul Osborne, a client at Sue Ryder Neurological Care Centre The Chantry

Man who learned to walk again takes on '26 miles in 26 days' challenge for Sue Ryder Neurological Care Centre The Chantry

Paul Osborne, a client at Sue Ryder Neurological Care Centre The Chantry is taking on a ‘26 miles in 26 days’ challenge to raise funds for the centre, where he received specialist care and physiotherapy, after surgery to remove a brain tumour left him unable to walk properly.

Russell and Rob in their cycling gear, on their 1,000 mile fundraising journey.

Cyclists take on 1,000 mile trip and raise thousands for Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice

Brothers-in-law Russell Champion and Rob Kingsford have raised over £33,000 for Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice in Reading by cycling from Lands’ End to John O’Groats, in memory of Russell’s aunt, Rachel Gormley, who was cared for at the hospice.

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.

Caroline Gratrix and her father, Sam

“What I remember so vividly about that time is the level of care at the hospice, it was phenomenal.”

When her father Sam passed away in April 2017, Caroline Gratrix pledged to raise £10,000 for Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice in Reading where he was cared for during his final few days. After only three years of fundraising, she exceeded her target using her photography skills.