Stella joined Sue Ryder as a befriending volunteer in South Oxfordshire in 2018. Like many volunteers across the UK, this year she had to pause her volunteering role temporarily to limit the spread of coronavirus. She reflects on her favourite memories as a befriender and shares how she's continued supporting her local community during the pandemic.
Carol, Mark, Louise and Jacqui have all gone from volunteers to paid members of staff at our Sue Ryder Abbeydale shop. They discuss their reasons for joining Sue Ryder as volunteers and their personal journeys towards their current retail roles.
“When my brother was at Wheatfields it made me realise what a lovely job palliative care is - to provide that reassurance for patients and families in their final weeks”
When Nicola was hospitalised with COVID-19 a few weeks after the death of her brother at Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice, it was life-changing. After recuperating at home, Nicola saw an advert for Sue Ryder Palliative Care Hub South Oxfordshire and decided to fulfil a long-held ambition to work in palliative care.
A team of volunteer super stitchers have put their skills to good use to support Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice, creating many handmade items for residents, their families and Sue Ryder staff.
After supporting staff wellbeing as a volunteer at Sue Ryder Neurological Care Centre The Chantry, Stella is now a befriending volunteer there and runs a monthly peer-to-peer support group for parents of people affected by an Acquired Brain Injury (ABI).
When she was made redundant during the Covid-19 pandemic, Sharon decided to embrace her love of charity shops and start a new volunteering journey at the Sue Ryder Maidstone shop.
Over the past three years, volunteers from Her Majesty’s Prisons have raised over £200,000 by repairing bikes to be sold at our Sue Ryder charity shops across the UK.
To mark International Nurses Day 2021, Sue Ryder Nurse Joanne Chapman shares her experience of working at Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice. She hopes that by sharing her story she will inspire others to follow a career in palliative care.
“I have lots of lovely memories with patients - them making me laugh and me making them laugh in return”
For International Nurses Day on 12 May, we're sharing Nursing Assistant Carole's story, who is celebrating 25 years of dedicated service at Thorpe Hall Hospice. We hope her experience inspires others to take up a nursing career in palliative care with us.
For International Nurses Day, we're sharing Georgie’s blog, where she describes her experience of joining Sue Ryder, the support she’s received as she pursues a career in palliative care and the more personal care she's able to provide for patients at Leckhampton Court Hospice.