Carers’ Thursday, a support group for carers run by staff and volunteers from Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice and Carers in Bedfordshire, has just marked its second anniversary with a special celebration.
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!
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.
Abi Brown, 42, was diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer in March 2018. She has recently been an inpatient at Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice for two weeks of respite care. In her own words, Abi describes her time at the hospice.
“Manorlands staff move heaven and earth to make sure patients and their families feel safe, cared for and at home.”
Our Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice provided Michelle Vann’s parents, Janis and Mark Lawson, with outreach nursing and respite care before they ended their lives at the hospice. This is their family’s story in Michelle’s own words.