For Sharon Wotherspoon, it was the start of a whole new career when her children volunteered at their local Sue Ryder shop. That was six years ago and Sharon is now Shop Manager of Sue Ryder’s Mengham shop on Hayling Island.
Whilst Brits know how they would spend their last days on earth, few are preparing for them, our new survey has revealed. As a result of this, we are calling on the nation to start talking about death.
Containing analysis carried out by independent experts, the report shows that proactive care early in someone’s life, such as self-management support and advice or respite care, can save in the region of 30–50% annually when compared to reactive care, i.e. when someone’s health requires urgent care.
Following the loss of his mother at St John’s Hospice in February 2016, Chris Hall discovered volunteering and has never looked back. Here, he recalls his first forays into volunteering, how it led to a paid job and what it was like to conquer his latest challenge for Sue Ryder: cycling to all seven hospices across the UK in just five days.