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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.

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.

Bella the Pets as Therapy dog with a Sue Ryder Nurse

“Bella was born to be a Pets as Therapy dog”: meet Duchess of Kent Hospice’s four-legged volunteer

Pets can be a great support during illness and beyond – as volunteer Barry discovered when, following his wife Sarita’s death, he signed up their puppy Bella to become a certified Pets as Therapy dog.

A Sue Ryder The Chantry Neurological Care Centre resident painting

It’s time to get it right for people with neurological conditions in England

People with neurological conditions in England are being let down by the very health and care systems that are supposed to be supporting them – that’s the finding of our new report Time to get it right, writes our Policy and Public Affairs Manager (England) Duncan Lugton.

Chantry resident Simon is helped into bed using a chair lift

Over 15,000 people with neurological conditions are being placed in nursing homes for the elderly, our shocking report reveals

Our new report, 'Time to get it right' published today, gives a comprehensive picture on how people with neurological conditions such as motor neurone disease, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, Huntington’s disease and acquired brain injury are being let down by health and social services in England.

Jess Bacon with her Mum and brother at her graduation.

Losing Dad: five years on

“When I found out Dad had cancer, I worried about my graduation – and about my future beyond it. I thought of every single day ahead when he wouldn’t be there,” writes Jess Bacon, whose dad died at our Thorpe Hall Hospice five years ago. Here, she recalls all the (dreaded) milestones that have come and gone since then.

Our useful guide can help you answer lots of tough questions

Why don't we talk about death?

It’s a tough question that Sue Ryder are trying to tackle. Our latest marketing campaign has been launched to encourage people to start the conversation about death, and to cement our position as experts in this area.

Party-goers at Denise's party

Denise raises £7,000 to say thank you to our Palliative Care Hub Berkshire

After being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2017, Denise Shippen from Newbury was referred to her local Sue Ryder Palliative Care Hub Berkshire by her GP. As a way of showing her gratitude for the care she is receiving, Denise hosted a charity party to help raise vital funds.

Image of Sue Ryder supporter, John, with his bicycle

“Tou de Lou” – the mega memory ride for my mum, Lou

In April 2018, Chris' mum Lou was diagnosed with late stage cancer. The Palliative Care team at Sue Ryder Nettlebed made her feel safe, comfortable and able to live life to the fullest and Chris wanted to give something back, so he took on an epic 220 mile bike ride.

Michelle Jones, whose Mum is being cared for by St John's Palliative Care Hub

“If we had any worries, day or night, we could just ring the telephone support number.”

Our St John’s Palliative Care Hub works with local care providers, GPs, district nurses, Specialist Nurses, the ambulance service, and other health and social care professionals in Bedfordshire to coordinate and provide the best possible end of life care. Michelle Jones shares her family’s experience of this service and, later, the transition to St John’s Hospice.