“When living with a life-limiting condition, there is still life to be lived. And here at Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice our multi-disciplinary teams do all we can to make sure that life is fulfilling.” These are the words of Funmi Shitta-Bey, Physiotherapist and Day Therapy Lead at Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice in Bedfordshire, who tells us more about her role.
Today (20th August 2019), Boris Johnson has secured a £25 million cash boost for hospice services. The Prime Minister said he's hopes the money 'alleviates the everyday pressure' faced by the sector.
“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.
“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.
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.
Sue Ryder hosted a free conference on human rights in end of life care on Thursday 27th June 2019 in London, exploring further how applying a human rights approach to practice can help deliver person-centred and compassionate care.
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.
“Throughout the last few months of my beautiful mum-in-law Marian’s life, Sue Ryder Nurses were on call 24/7,” writes Angie Lund. “They ensured Marian's dignity remained intact, kept her totally pain free, gave us ongoing advice, and took her wishes about her care into consideration throughout. It is for this reason, in Marian’s memory, that I want to give something back by running the London Marathon.”
After Amy Goodacre’s mum Tracey died at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice three years ago, she started fundraising so other families could experience the same expert care as hers did. In this blog post, Amy talks about her experience at the hospice and her latest venture – helping to organise our 2019 Walk to Remember event.