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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.

Manorlands volunteer hypnotherapist Amy Brown and patient Jacki Scholefield

Why our Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice is pioneering hypnotherapy as a way for families to come to terms with bereavement

Our seven hospices routinely offer counselling to the bereaved and, in recent years, alternative therapies such as massage, reiki and reflexology – including, at our Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice in West Yorkshire, hypnotherapy. For some who’ve experienced it, the results are transforming, as local blogger Stephen Whitehead discovered when he met Jacki Scholefield.

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.

Jonathon, Richard and Simon Cox in their cycle helmets

Gloucestershire family take on 100-mile RideLondon-Surrey challenge for Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice

A family are challenging themselves to complete a 100-mile cycle to raise money for their local Sue Ryder Leckhampton Hospice, who supported their wife and mother when she died.

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.

Miki Mitchell whose husband was cared for by Manorlands and the Queensbury Queens of the Mountain cycling club

“Dust off your bike and join us so that Manorlands can be there for more people like Chris.”

When she lost her husband Chris to cancer last October, Miki Mitchell was devastated. However, through it all, our Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice was there to provide support and now, one year on, Miki is supporting them – bringing with her 100 entrants to Manorlands’ annual Bronte Sportive cycling event.    

A patient receiving a head massage

“Patients tell me complementary therapy gives them a ‘holiday from pain’.”

Elaine Carpenter is Complementary Therapies Coordinator at Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice, leading a team of nine volunteers offering a wide range of complementary therapies to patients, carers and relatives. She explains what complementary therapies are and how they help.

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.