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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.

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.

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.

Sue Ryder Nurses Cath Shatford, Bex Pearce and Heather Mitchell standing on the hospice steps

Sue Ryder Nurses take on China trek to raise crucial funds for Leckhampton Court Hospice

Sue Ryder hospice nurses Cath Shatford, Bex Pearce and Heather Mitchell are going on the adventure of a lifetime trekking along one of the Seven Wonders of the World to raise money in support of Leckhampton Court Hospice.

Runners covered in paint during the PaintRush fundraising event

Volunteers gear up for Sue Ryder St John's Hospice's first ever PaintRush event

Volunteers are making preparations to bring the first ever PaintRush event to St Neots on 29th March next year, raising vital funds for families needing the expert palliative care and bereavement support provided by Sue Ryder St John's Hospice.

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.

Lindsay O'Kane Running

Mum to run 5k every day this December in support of Sue Ryder St John's Hospice

For her third December Daily Dash, mum of two Lindsay O'Kane is taking on the challenge of running 5km every single day throughout December, including Christmas Day, in support of Sue Ryder St John’s, who cared for her grandmother.

A volunteer serving a customer in a Sue Ryder shop

The power of volunteering

Bluebell Smith, Volunteer Manager (Healthcare and Fundraising), discusses how volunteering has shaped her life, the friends she has made, the perspective gained, the enduring reminder this has given her of the kindness of others and the amazing work of our volunteers.