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A volunteer serving a customer in a Sue Ryder shop

The power of volunteering

Bluebell Smith, Volunteer Manager (Healthcare and Fundraising), discusses how volunteering has shaped her life, the friends she has made, the perspective gained, the enduring reminder this has given her of the kindness of others and the amazing work of our volunteers.

Dave Cant, far left, and Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court shortlisted volunteers and staff pictured at the Incredible Colleagues Awards 2019

Hospice volunteer Dave wins a double at national charity awards

A Grandfather from Gloucester who’s celebrating his 75th birthday next month has been awarded ‘Outstanding Contribution of the Year’ at this year’s Incredible Colleagues awards, which celebrates the contribution of our volunteers and staff to support people needing out care.

Image of Marilyn and Liz volunteering at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice Coffee Shop

'The Coffee Shop is a little oasis' - Hospice Care Week stories 2019

The Coffee Shop at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice is run entirely by volunteers such as Marilyn and Liz and the funds it raises go towards supporting the expert and compassionate care at the hospice. To mark Hospice Care Week 2019, Marilyn and Liz tell us why they see the Coffee Shop as a 'little oasis' for visitors, families and patients.

Image of Ian, a volunteer driver at Sue Ryder St John's Hospice

Ian – a driving force at Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice - Hospice Care Week stories 2019

Ian from Bedford is a volunteer driver at Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice and makes a real difference to patients and relatives. In this blog post, Ian talks to us about his rewarding role and how he started volunteering after his late wife was cared for at the hospice.

Sharon Wotherspoon at work in Sue Ryder's Mengham shop

'I honestly enjoy my job so much it doesn’t feel like going to work every day’

For Sharon Wotherspoon, it was the start of a whole new career when her children volunteered at their local Sue Ryder shop. That was six years ago and Sharon is now Shop Manager of Sue Ryder’s Mengham shop on Hayling Island.

Sonia Maisey is a Senior Staff Nurse at Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice

“One family told us we ‘bring the outside world in – love, laughter and life’”

Meet Sonia Maisey, a Senior Staff Nurse at our Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice. Sonia takes us through a day in her life as a member of the Hospice at Home team, which cares for people in their own homes.

Physiotherapist Funmi Shitta-Bey at the St John's Day Therapy service

“We help people in our care live their lives to the full.”

“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.

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Sue Ryder responds to Boris Johnson's £25m cash boost for hospice services

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. 

Dee View Nurses Ann Whyte and Louise Torrance

“There’s no doubt about it: the level of care here at Sue Ryder is higher than anywhere I’ve ever nursed."

Sue Ryder supported Ann Whyte though her Return to Nurse Practice qualification and she is now working as a Registered Nurse at our Sue Ryder Dee View Court Neurological Centre in Aberdeen. She looks back over her 30-year career and explains why Sue Ryder is such a special place to work.

Nursing Assistant Penny Jarvis

“My husband’s wish was to die at home. He wanted to be surrounded by his own things with his family and friends around him.”

Penny Jarvis’s husband Colin died in 2009, five years after he was first diagnosed with a rare degenerative brain disease. Penny was Colin’s main carer and he was able to die in his own home according to his wishes. Ten years on and Penny, a Nursing Assistant, now works as part of the Hospice at Home team at Sue Ryder South Oxfordshire Palliative Care Hub.