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Lucy Sansom, Palliative Care Social Worker

A day in the life - Lucy Sansom, Palliative Care Social Worker at Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice

Meet Lucy Sansom, a Palliative Care Social Worker at Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice. She provides social care support to patients, families and carers at the hospice and in the community. Here, Lucy talks us through a day in her life.

Kirsty McEwan with her race medal after the Royal Parks Half Marathon.

‘I decided to fundraise for Sue Ryder because I wanted to give something back.’

Kirsty McEwen ran the Royal Parks Half Marathon to raise money for Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice which cared for her mum, Julie, in her final days. Despite the rain and the mud on the day, Kirsty knocked 13 minutes off her previous best time and succeeded in raising an amazing £1,105.

The lymphoedema team at Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice in their odd socks.

Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent staff rock odd socks for Lymphoedema Awareness Week

Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice's Lymphoedema team are donning odd socks to mark Lymphoedema Awareness Week (2-8 March), shining a light on the condition and showing support for those who have to wear compression garments to manage their symptoms from day-to-day.

Nino and his dad, Nino

“Dad touched so many people's lives and was an incredibly loved member of the community.” Nino's London Marathon Story

In April, 23 year-old Nino Bartolomei will be joining a crew of #TeamIncredible runners to take on the Virgin Money London Marathon in support of Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice, who cared for his father in 2017. This is Nino’s story.

Stuart Fisher - Volunteer at The Chantry

‘I do it because I absolutely love it.’ Chantry volunteer Stuart on the joys of helping others, getting back what you put in and the perils of Scrabble

Stuart Fisher, 69, has been a volunteer at Sue Ryder’s specialist neurological care centre, The Chantry, for more than five years. He drives residents to appointments, takes them on outings, to visit family and also visits a particular resident once a week for coffee, a chat and the occasional game of Scrabble.

Jacqui Ackroyd, St. John's Hospice's new Developmental Ward Manager

Year of the Nurse: Meet Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice's new Ward Manager Jacqui

For Year of the Nurse, where we celebrate the important work of our Sue Ryder Nurses, we begin by talking with Jacqui Ackroyd, who has been appointed St John's Hospice's new Developmental Ward Manager. “I am honoured to be a nurse and I am proud to work at Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice.”

Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice Nurses standing outside the hospice together

Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice rated as ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission

Following a rigorous inspection of their expert palliative care services in November 2019, Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice has been rated as ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission.

Sue Ryder nurses Liz & Rosina together.

Inspirational Sue Ryder colleagues take on final epic trek to raise funds for Duchess of Kent Hospice

Two colleagues who both work at Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice are taking on the challenge of a lifetime to raise crucial funds for the hospice in Reading.

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.

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.