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Footballer Jim Leighton MBE meets Dee View resident

Jim Leighton MBE pledges his support of our Sue Ryder Dee View Court Capital Appeal

Legendary Aberdeen and Scotland goalkeeper Jim Leighton MBE is supporting our fundraising appeal to extend Sue Ryder Dee View Court, Scotland’s only purpose-built specialist neurological care centre. 

The Rayner family

“At the hospice, I was able to become Mum’s daughter again instead of her carer – and grant her final wish.”

Emma Rayner's mum Clarissa spent her last two weeks at our hospice in Peterborough. In this blog post and moving video montage, Emma shares her family’s story.

Leckhampton Court Hospice at Home Lead Emma Wright speaks to a patient

“We go in and we let families be families again.”

“We bring hospice care into people’s homes – and it’s a true privilege.” Emma Wright of Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice’s Hospice at Home team gives us an insight into what her job involves as part of our summer appeal.

Chica pet therapy

A shout-out to the therapy dogs of Sue Ryder (and an alpaca too)

To round off National Volunteers’ Week, we want to celebrate the furry, four-legged volunteers who work so hard to brighten the days of our patients, residents and families – not forgetting their humans!

The Lunn family

“My experience of Sue Ryder’s care has taken away my fear of dying.”

As part of our summer appeal, Val Lunn recounts how, in the space of a year, she lost her husband and son – and how Sue Ryder supported her family through the toughest time of her life.

Bella the Pets as Therapy dog with a Sue Ryder Nurse

“Bella was born to be a Pets as Therapy dog”: meet Duchess of Kent Hospice’s four-legged volunteer

Pets can be a great support during illness and beyond – as volunteer Barry discovered when, following his wife Sarita’s death, he signed up their puppy Bella to become a certified Pets as Therapy dog.

four walkers and a dog navigate past boulders in the mist

Why we conquered the Three Peaks Challenge

The Three Peaks challenge is a formidable one, and here Jacob talks tackling the hills to raise vital funds for our Dee View Court Capital Appeal.

Photo of the Scottish Government’s Minister for Public Health, Joe FitzPatrick MSP, visited Sue Ryder Dee View Court

Minister for Public Health Joe FitzPatrick MSP visits Sue Ryder Dee View Court

Today the Scottish Government’s Minister for Public Health, Joe Fitzpatrick MSP, visited Sue Ryder Dee View Court to see for himself the expert neurological care that is provided in the centre for people with a range of neurological conditions.

Jamie with her late father Jonathan 546

How sharing my story helped me work through my grief in a positive way

After Jamie Collier’s father Jonathan died at our Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice a few years ago, she wanted to use her writing skills to record the story of his final days and thank us at Sue Ryder. In this blog, she recalls how getting involved in our Christmas Appeal has helped her come to term with his death.

Jamie with the snowman she built in the grounds of Leckhampton Court Hospice

“Even during our darkest days, we found joy.”

For someone with a terminal illness, needing constant care, special Christmas moments can feel heartbreakingly out of reach - but they don’t have to be. That's why we've launched our Sue Ryder Christmas Appeal. In this blog post, supporter Jamie recalls how we gave her family the chance to share precious last moments together – festive memories they now treasure.