“I have lots of lovely memories with patients - them making me laugh and me making them laugh in return”
For International Nurses Day on 12 May, we're sharing Nursing Assistant Carole's story, who is celebrating 25 years of dedicated service at Thorpe Hall Hospice. We hope her experience inspires others to take up a nursing career in palliative care with us.
“Every day counts – it is a cliché, but it is true. It is rewarding helping patients to get the best care they deserve”
When a Sue Ryder Nurse role came up at Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice in 2017, Nicola seized the opportunity. Since then, she has become a valued member of the hospice’s inpatient unit team, supporting and caring for people with life-limiting conditions.
Four siblings and one of their partners are gearing up to take on a charity run for Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice later this year, in memory of their much loved mum, Andrea, who died in November following a battle with Motor Neurone Disease.
Jennie Hanbidge’s husband Dom died at home on October 17, 2020, aged just 48 after being diagnosed with stage 4 oesophageal cancer only a few months earlier. As the family were supported by the community team at Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice during Dom’s illness, Jennie set up an Incredible Memories Fund enabling those who knew him to share memories and raise over £6,000 for the hospice.
The devastating impact of the coronavirus pandemic on Sue Ryder has led Cheltenham-based Kohler Mira to extend its charity partnership for a second year running, hoping to raise an ambitious £100,000.
Pippa Tinsley has already raised over £1,000 for Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice in memory of her dad, Paul (Nigel) Houghton, and hopes to raise more as she gets on her bike for a sponsored cycle from Sleaford to Lincoln later this year.
“I have more time to spend with the people that I look after and I feel that I am able to give the quality of care each of them deserves”
Sue Ryder Nurse Cecilia Mwenda joined the team at Sue Ryder Neurological Care Centre Stagenhoe in March last year. She talks about the importance of building relationships with the people she cares for and the more personal support this allows her to provide, as well as the challenges they've faced at Stagenhoe during the pandemic.
Two years after the death of his partner Marc, Lee Sharratt will walk 26 miles from Whitby to Filey in his memory. Lee has chosen a route with special memories for them, and he will also be raising funds for Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice, where Marc received end-of-life care and where Lee is a member of their New Horizons bereavement group.
Staff at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice have paid tribute to a well-loved volunteer, Judith ‘Judie’ Allen, who passed away in September. She dedicated her time and skills for 30 years and through her countless hours of volunteering, supporting and fundraising, helped to raise an astonishing £300,000.
After raising more than £7,000 for Sue Ryder with her inspirational ‘marathon’ challenge this summer, Bel Cornwell is now determined to reach even greater heights by taking on a new '100 mile challenge' with her family, to help raise funds for Sue Ryder.