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Sue Ryder statement on planned phased re-opening of charity shops: Summer 2020

Sue Ryder will begin to re-open a small number of its high street charity shops from Monday 22 June. The charity will look to open more shops throughout July and August, once it is confident that this can be done safely.

Sue Ryder Keighley shop staff with local MP Robbie Moore, outside the new charity shop

New Sue Ryder charity shop comes to Keighley

This Friday 4th September, Sue Ryder will open a brand new charity shop in Alston Retail Park in Keighley for shoppers looking for a more budget-friendly and sustainable way to shop while supporting the local Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice.

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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.

Image of Sue Ryder volunteer, ALison, holding a telephone in her befriender role

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.

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.

Chica pet therapy

A shout-out to the therapy dogs of Sue Ryder (and an alpaca, too)

In our latest blog, we want to celebrate the furry, four-legged Sue Ryder volunteers who work so hard to brighten the days of our patients, residents and families – not forgetting their humans!

Two volunteers at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice

Take the leap and volunteer for Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice

Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice is asking people to seize a new opportunity this leap year by volunteering.

Debra and Mabel, our new Pets as Therapy dog

Meet Mabel, St John’s Hospice’s latest volunteer and furry four-legged friend

Meet the latest volunteer at Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice – a loveable, furry, three year old Cockapoo called Mabel. Pets as Therapy dog Mabel started volunteering at the hospice last year and has proved to be a ‘pawsome’ pal to patients, relatives and staff. Here, Mabel’s owner and fellow volunteer Debra tells us about their experiences.