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Heidi Travis

NHS Reset: Why we can no longer neglect the palliative care sector

Heidi Travis, Chief Executive of Sue Ryder, discusses the impact of delays in medical diagnoses and treatments on the numbers of people needing palliative care over the next 24 months, and makes the case for sustainable statutory funding for hospices.

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Volunteers support Sue Ryder patients to record life stories over Zoom

Beth Singleton and Tracy Hannam are currently volunteering with the Palliative Rehabilitation Team at Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice, using Zoom to speak to patients and record their life stories.

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Volunteers' Week 2020: Alison, a telephone befriender

Alison Hilken is a long-term supporter of Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice and has been volunteering at the hospice for the last 12 years. Due to the coronavirus pandemic she's unable to carry out her normal role supporting day therapy patients, so has become a telephone befriender.

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Volunteers' Week 2020: Meet our blooming brilliant gardeners

Meet some of our green-fingered volunteer gardeners who help to keep our grounds safe, tidy and looking lovely for patients and staff at Sue Ryder Manorlands and Thorpe Hall Hospices.

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Volunteers' Week 2020: Niamh's virtual volunteering story

Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of the contribution millions of people make across the UK through volunteering and a chance to say a big thank you. Niamh shares her story as as new virtual volunteer who is supporting our existing retail volunteers while in lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Letter to Helen Whatley MP, Care Minister regarding PPE

Letter to Helen Whatley MP, Care Minister from Sue Ryder's Chief Executive, Heidi Travis, regarding access to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

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Joint letter to British Retail Consortium to ask for hospice staff to access key worker hours in supermarkets

Together with Hospice UK, Marie Curie and Together for Short Lives, Sue Ryder has written to the British Retail Consortium to ask for their help in making sure hospice staff can access supermarkets alongside their NHS counterparts during key worker hours.

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Coronavirus patients being cared for by Sue Ryder Nurses on the brink of running out of Personal Protection Equipment

The NHS and people at the end of their lives will be the victims, as charity, Sue Ryder, fears it is only a matter of days before it will cease to be able to protect staff from COVID-19.

Jean Piper at the Incredible Colleagues Awards with Heidi Travis, in 2019.

Inspiring Wheatfields volunteer and fundraiser, Jean Piper, presented with special Sue Ryder award

Jean Piper’s husband Clive was cared for at Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice eleven years ago and Jean embarked on the ‘Dive for Clive’ skydive in his memory. Even when she herself was diagnosed with leukaemia she continued fundraising and volunteering in the Wheatfields shop, and it is that determination which saw her presented with the Sue Ryder Incredible Colleagues Award for Overcoming Obstacles last year.

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Sue Ryder statement on introduction of Jack's Law

Sue Ryder statement on Jack's Law, which is a law coming into force in April, that allows parents to take two-weeks statutory bereavement leave