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Our Online Bereavement Support - a lifeline during lockdown

The effects of the Covid-19 pandemic have transformed daily life for everyone, with the impact on many bereaved people being even more severe due to their isolation in lockdown and a sudden loss of face-to-face support from family, friends or counsellors. In such a difficult time, Sue Ryder's Online Bereavement Support services have provided a vital lifeline.

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Volunteers' Week 2020: Alison, a telephone befriender

Alison Hilken is a long-term supporter of Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice and has been volunteering at the hospice for the last 12 years. Due to the coronavirus pandemic she's unable to carry out her normal role supporting day therapy patients, so has become a telephone befriender.

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.

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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.

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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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National Grief Awareness Week: Let's open up to grief

This week sees the UK’s first ever National Grief Awareness Week, encouraging us all to #OpenUpToGrief and break the taboo around death and bereavement, for a more open discussion of a subject which affects us all at some time in our lives.

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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.