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Coronavirus (Covid-19) guidance: visiting a Sue Ryder hospice or neurological centre

To reduce the spread of Coronavirus and reduce the risk of exposure to our existing patients and frontline staff, our Sue Ryder Centres are now completely closed to visitors. Exceptions can only be made on compassionate grounds if visiting a loved one in the very last days of life. 

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.

Debra and Mabel, our new Pets as Therapy dog

Meet Mabel, St John’s Hospice’s latest volunteer and furry four-legged friend

Meet the latest volunteer at Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice – a loveable, furry, three year old Cockapoo called Mabel. Pets as Therapy dog Mabel started volunteering at the hospice last year and has proved to be a ‘pawsome’ pal to patients, relatives and staff. Here, Mabel’s owner and fellow volunteer Debra tells us about their experiences.

An audience with speaker in Thorpe Hall Hospice

Peterborough hospice holds first ever Palliative Care Seminar

Recently, healthcare professionals attended the first Palliative Care Seminar at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice, to discuss their specialist palliative care, future plans and partnership working.

Sharon Wotherspoon at work in Sue Ryder's Mengham shop

'I honestly enjoy my job so much it doesn’t feel like going to work every day’

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.

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.

Manorlands volunteer hypnotherapist Amy Brown and patient Jacki Scholefield

Why our Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice is pioneering hypnotherapy as a way for families to come to terms with bereavement

Our seven hospices routinely offer counselling to the bereaved and, in recent years, alternative therapies such as massage, reiki and reflexology – including, at our Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice in West Yorkshire, hypnotherapy. For some who’ve experienced it, the results are transforming, as local blogger Stephen Whitehead discovered when he met Jacki Scholefield.

Kirsty with her mum Kathleen making a toast

“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.

Valerie with her daughter Harriet

“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 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.