“Mum and I didn’t know what Dad would have wanted for his funeral. Because of that, we talked about what Mum’s final wishes would be.”
Kirsty Hodgson’s mum Kathleen spent the last two weeks of her life at Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice in Leeds in August 2016. Here, she recounts their story and explains why they made plans were put in place for the end of her mum's life.
“Not all of us will have the opportunity to plan our death and I feel that, if you can, you should.”
Valerie Bevan, 69, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 26 years ago and now only has movement in her head and neck. She is a day patient at Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice where her daughter Harriet works as a Community Fundraiser. This is her story in her own words.
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.
When she lost her husband Chris to cancer last October, Miki Mitchell was devastated. However, through it all, our Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice was there to provide support and now, one year on, Miki is supporting them – bringing with her 100 entrants to Manorlands’ annual Bronte Sportive cycling event.
As part of our summer appeal, Val Lunn recounts how, in the space of a year, she lost her husband and son – and how Sue Ryder supported her family through the toughest time of her life.
"Sue Ryder Wheatfields will always have a place in my family's heart": Jamie Peacock MBE to take on London Marathon in memory of his dad
Rugby League legend Jamie Peacock MBE is taking on the incredible challenge of the Virgin Money London Marathon for a second time in memory of his dad Darryl and in support of our Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice in Leeds.
Our Wheatfields Hospice at Home team cared for Danielle Gill’s mum Jean nine years ago. This year, she is taking on the London Marathon for Sue Ryder to say thank you. This is Danielle’s story in her own words.
After seeing the difference that his wife makes every day as a palliative care nurse, Mike decided to cycle 400 kilometres from Vietnam to Cambodia to raise money for our Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice. Here he talks about his trip of a lifetime.
“Throughout the last few months of my beautiful mum-in-law Marian’s life, Sue Ryder Nurses were on call 24/7,” writes Angie Lund. “They ensured Marian's dignity remained intact, kept her totally pain free, gave us ongoing advice, and took her wishes about her care into consideration throughout. It is for this reason, in Marian’s memory, that I want to give something back by running the London Marathon.”
"It's amazing how you can attach feelings to a song, which will forever draw an emotional response. There are a few songs that make me think of my Mum, and for a number of reasons," writes blogger Ryan Judson, whose mum was cared for at our Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice in West Yorkshire. "Tonight, the most important of all those songs came on, and it hurt more than ever."
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