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Nursing Assistant Penny Jarvis

“My husband’s wish was to die at home. He wanted to be surrounded by his own things with his family and friends around him.”

Penny Jarvis’s husband Colin died in 2009, five years after he was first diagnosed with a rare degenerative brain disease. Penny was Colin’s main carer and he was able to die in his own home according to his wishes. Ten years on and Penny, a Nursing Assistant, now works as part of the Hospice at Home team at Sue Ryder South Oxfordshire Palliative Care Hub.

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.

7 in 10 people haven't discussed their death with loved ones infographic

Silence is deadly: stigma attached to 'the D-word' means Brits are missing out on a better death

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.

Helen with her late mum

“Mum would be spurring me on if she was here, so I’m running a 5K and 10K in one day for her.”

39-year-old Helen Daniels is taking part in the Bedford Running Festival in September. She’ll be running in memory of her mum and to raise funds for the hospice that cared for her, Sue Ryder St John’s in Moggerhanger.

David Gallop with his late father Harry

"Dad will be with me at the start, during my toughest challenges and at the finish line."

After his dad Harry was cared for at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice, David Gallop wanted other families to benefit from the same care that his did. So he set himself a challenge – taking on one of the flattest, fastest half marathons in the country to raise funds for the hospice.

Nilesh with his mother as a baby

“Grief is universal; it crosses all boundaries and is something that we will all share.”

Online Community member Nilesh Makwana recounts how losing his parents, Subhadra and Ramniklal, prompted him to join our online bereavement forum in 2017.

London Marathon runner Connie

"I'm conquering the London Marathon in memory of my biggest fan and partner in crime – my dad."

Meet part-time fitness instructor and personal trainer Connie Craddock, who is preparing to take on the London Marathon in support of Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice. In this blog post, Connie explains how she was inspired to run the 26.2 mile marathon for the fourth time after her dad was cared for at the hospice.

Sue Ryder London Marathon runner Chelsea with her beloved Granddad on her wedding day 546

"My grandad was a family man and exceptionally proud; he’ll be in my thoughts as I run."

St Neot’s-based HR Manager Chelsea Zwetsloot aged 29, secured herself a place in the London Marathon ballot and decided to run to raise funds for Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice in memory of her Grandad. Here’s her story.

London Marathon runner Joanna

"I am running the London Marathon to honour my mother’s memory and to celebrate her life."

On Sunday, Joanna Cook will run the London Marathon to celebrate her mother’s life and to say thank you to Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice. This is her story.