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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!

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.

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.