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Letter to the Social Care Sector COVID-19 Support Taskforce

Letter from Sue Ryder CEO, Heidi Travis, to David Pearson of the Social Care Sector COVID-19 Support Taskforce regarding access to testing and PPE for our hospice services.

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Letter to the Health Secretary on extending bereavement support

Cross-party letter to the Health and Social Care Secretary, Matt Hancock, regarding our call for bereavement support bubbles in the case of further coronavirus lockdowns.

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Sue Ryder comments on extending bereavement benefits to unmarried partners with children

Sue Ryder has commented on extending bereavement benefits to unmarried partners with children, to help broaden access to these crucial bereavement benefits and make the process itself more flexible for those in need of this financial support.

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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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Sue Ryder warns of increase in need for palliative care as a residual impact of coronavirus pandemic

National healthcare charity Sue Ryder has found that over one third (34 per cent) of the public said that they, or somebody they know, have delayed seeking medical advice or treatment for potentially serious symptoms during lockdown.

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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).