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Student Nurse Anne-Marie

“If anyone said to me they weren’t sure about a hospice placement, I would really encourage them to just go for it”

Anne-Marie Howarth is a student nurse at The University of Bradford. Here, she shares her experience of a 12-week placement at Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice, and how it changed her perception of palliative care.

Sue Ryder Nurse Lisa Alvey

“Our patients are at the centre of the care we deliver and their wishes are paramount”

Sue Ryder Nurse Lisa Alvey works in the community team at Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice, delivering expert care and support to patients at home. Here, she talks about the essential aspect of expert symptom management in palliative care.

Image of Abbie, a Sue Ryder Practice Educator

Abbie's story - from nursing to becoming a Practice Educator

Abbie, a Practice Educator at Sue Ryder Neurological Care Centre Dee View Court, shares her story of her career in nursing that has been driven by her dad's diagnosis of Motor Neuron Disease (MND) and the importance of specialist care.

Andrea Marsh receiving some flowers for her work anniversary

“I can’t remember wanting to do anything else” Andrea celebrates 40 years as a Sue Ryder Nurse

Sue Ryder Nurse Andrea Marsh recently celebrated her 40-year work anniversary at Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice. Here, she reflects on the last four decades and why she loves her job.

Volunteer Paul Scott doing some gardening in the hospice grounds

“When I’ve given patients and families my time and energy I always come away feeling good about myself”

Paul from Leeds has been a volunteer at Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice for almost a decade, where he has a deeply personal connection. He is sharing his story in the hope of encouraging more people to consider volunteering for Sue Ryder.

Two hands together

Reflecting on the benefits of becoming a Sue Ryder befriending volunteer

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.

Louise, a volunteer at our Abbeydale shop, outside the front shop window

The pathway to employment: celebrating volunteer progression at the Sue Ryder Abbeydale shop

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.

Nicola, a Sue Ryder Nursing Assistant

“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.

The Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice sewing group with their handmade banner

Volunteers' Week 2021: “Sewing is a way we can help the hospice and make a difference”

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.

Stella, a Sue Ryder befriending volunteer

Volunteers' Week 2021: From supporting staff to connecting with families

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).