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Sue Ryder calls on nation to help those grieving as charity sees surge in need for its bereavement support amidst coronavirus turmoil

The UK death toll from Coronavirus has now more than 44,000, which means over an estimated 220,000 people are currently grieving in lockdown. As a result, Sue Ryder has seen a significant spike in the need for its bereavement support, including the charity’s free Online Bereavement Counselling Service and Online Bereavement Community. 

Hayley Maud by the beach in Lowestoft.

“I know that every mile I run and every pound I raise will be special.” Hayley Maud to run Leeds Half Marathon in memory of her father and to support Wheatfields Hospice

Hayley Maud is set to take on the Asda Foundation Leeds Half Marathon on Sunday 10 May in memory of her father, Andy, and to raise vital funds for Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice in Leeds, whose Community Team cared for Andy at home in 2019.

Jess Bacon as a child with her family

'Even if it's just to one person, or just one word, say something.' Jess Bacon's struggles with grief and the importance of opening up to others

At sixteen, Jess Bacon tragically lost her Dad. Here, she describes her struggles with depression and communicating about her loss, the silence of those around her who were scared to say the wrong thing and the liberating power of reaching out to people for support; 'Even if it's just to one person, or just one word, say something.'

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Sue Ryder survey reveals almost half of people experience poor mental health following the death of a loved one

In response to the survey commissioned by Sue Ryder, we are launching our #JustSaySomething campaign in a bid to encourage everyone to open up about grief and bereavement, enabling a more honest, supportive grieving process for those affected and people supporting them.

Sarah Badham and her husband Martin.

'Even though we knew we would not have Martin for Christmas we still planned for it.'

When Sarah’s husband Martin was given only weeks to live after being diagnosed with a brain tumour her world was turned upside down. Supported by Sue Ryder’s Leckhampton Court Hospice at Home team, the couple determined to make the most of the short time they had left together.

Sue Ryder Nurses with a drinks tray and tinsel

A Sue Ryder Christmas

In this blog, we meet Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice inpatient unit ward manager, Sue Phillips, and Sue Ryder Nurse, Mari Pittman, as they talk about what it’s like to be in a Sue Ryder hospice at Christmas.

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'You as a human being can make a difference' Breaking the news of a terminal illness

When someone is diagnosed with a terminal illness, how do you break the news to them and their family? Dr Paul Perkins, Chief Medical Director, explains in his blog that there are no right or wrong answers, and it's the human connection which counts.

Helen and her running partner at Bedfordshire Running Festival

“I ran a 5k and 10k in one day in memory of my mum”

Helen Daniels took on two events in one day at Bedfordshire Running Festival, raising more than £1,000 for Sue Ryder St John’s hospice, whose Palliative Care Hub enabled her late mum Elizabeth to spend her final days at home with her family after she was taken ill on Christmas Day last year.

Sonia Maisey is a Senior Staff Nurse at Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice

“One family told us we ‘bring the outside world in – love, laughter and life’”

Meet Sonia Maisey, a Senior Staff Nurse at our Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice. Sonia takes us through a day in her life as a member of the Hospice at Home team, which cares for people in their own homes.

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.