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.
On 16th June, Sue Ryder and Barbara Keeley MP hosted a roundtable with MPs and hospice charities discussing the funding challenges facing the sector.
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.
Dr Paul Perkins, Chief Medical Director at Sue Ryder and Consultant in Palliative Medicine, talks about the latest Ambitions Framework for Palliative and End of Life Care, and how the important principles of person-centred care are embodied in the support we provide at Sue Ryder.
Sue Ryder marks Dying Matters Week by calling on the government to end the funding crisis facing the palliative care sector.