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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.

Patient support volunteer Susan Clark in the kitchen at Wheatfields

“Just making someone smile, however briefly, is a lovely feeling.”

Patient support volunteer Susan Clark has been volunteering her time on the wards and in the kitchens at Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice in Leeds for almost 40 years. Here, she outlines what her role involves and what the hospice is really like.

Pat at the party with her daughter

"It was an absolute thrill to be nominated to attend the Royal Garden Party. I got to see the Queen looking lovely in her pink suit!"

Pat McClelland, Lead Volunteer at our Airedale Shopping Centre charity shop in Keighley, West Yorkshire, was among the guests invited to Buckingham Palace for the Queen’s Annual Royal Garden Party in May. 

A patient receiving a head massage

“Patients tell me complementary therapy gives them a ‘holiday from pain’.”

Elaine Carpenter is Complementary Therapies Coordinator at Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice, leading a team of nine volunteers offering a wide range of complementary therapies to patients, carers and relatives. She explains what complementary therapies are and how they help.

Julie O'Connor volunteering at Leckhampton Court Ride for Ryder

"Sue Ryder enabled my husband Steve to have his last wish."

After Julie O’Connor’s husband was cared for by Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice, she started volunteering in any way she could to give something back. This is her story.

Chica pet therapy

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

To round off National Volunteers’ Week, we want to celebrate the furry, four-legged volunteers who work so hard to brighten the days of our patients, residents and families – not forgetting their humans!

A cartoon drawn by Hands of a Ride for Ryder cyclist

“As volunteers, our reward is to see and share those golden moments of laughter and pride with our patients.”

Hans Hanagarth has volunteered in the Art Room at Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice’s Day Hospice for ten years. A creative cartoonist, Hans volunteers his time and skills to teach patients painting, crafts and drawing. This is his story.