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Dr Zoe Salmon is retiring from Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice after 16 years providing care

“Palliative care envelops you and holds you”

In this blog, Dr Zoe Salmon shares her experiences of a career spanning 16 years providing expert and compassionate palliative care to families in Gloucestershire at Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice.

The Government covers just 37% of palliative care costs each year.

It's time to end the hospice funding crisis

Sue Ryder is calling on the Government to commit to more sustainable funding for the hospice care sector, having commissioned an independent report looking into the rise in demand and cost for end of life care services over the next ten years.

Dr. Amir Khan, Sue Ryder Manorlands' first ambassador

Dr Amir Khan becomes ambassador for Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice

TV doctor, author and NHS GP, Dr Amir Khan, has been appointed as the first ambassador for Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice near Keighley.

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Facing your first Valentine’s Day after the death of a loved one

Your first Valentine’s Day after the death of a loved one can be a painful reminder of what you’ve lost. Bianca Neumann, Head of Bereavement at Sue Ryder, offers advice on how to face Valentine’s Day for the first time without your partner by your side.

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Sue Ryder encourages those grieving to ‘reach out’ amidst huge increase in demand for bereavement services

A year since the first coronavirus death in the UK, Sue Ryder has seen a significant rise in the need for its bereavement support. The charity is encouraging those who have lost loved ones to ‘reach out’ and seek support for their grief, as the number of people who have died with the virus is now over 100,000.

Anita and John Downing

“I’m really happy that through John’s Tribute Fund, another family will have that same support”

John Downing was diagnosed with mesothelioma, a type of lung cancer, in January 2019. As his health deteriorated earlier last year and lockdown started, John was able to spend his final days at home with his wife Anita supported by nurses from Sue Ryder’s South Oxfordshire Palliative Care Hub. In his memory, Anita has created an Incredible Memories Tribute page and has since raised over £4,000 for Sue Ryder.

Cecelia, a nurse at Sue Ryder Neurological Care Centre Stagenhoe

“I have more time to spend with the people that I look after and I feel that I am able to give the quality of care each of them deserves”

Sue Ryder Nurse Cecilia Mwenda joined the team at Sue Ryder Neurological Care Centre Stagenhoe in March last year. She talks about the importance of building relationships with the people she cares for and the more personal support this allows her to provide, as well as the challenges they've faced at Stagenhoe during the pandemic.

Ricky and Gemma Moore together

“I can’t thank Wheatfields enough for the amazing care. There was such humanity, they genuinely care about each individual as a person”

Gemma Sisson and Ricky Moore had been together for nearly 16 years but never found the time to plan a wedding. So, when Gemma was admitted to Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice with terminal cancer during the first lockdown, staff pulled out all the stops to help them tie the knot. Ricky has since vowed to keep on fundraising for Wheatfields.

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Letter to the Business Secretary calling for bereavement leave

Sue Ryder and a coalition of MPs, charities, businesses, faith leaders, and healthcare professionals are calling on the Government to introduce statutory paid bereavement leave for all UK employees grieving the loss of a close relative or partner.

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“Even the very best of times can have a tinge of sadness” Sue Ryder Counsellor Felicity offers advice on coping with grief over Christmas

Felicity Ward, Counsellor for Sue Ryder’s Online Bereavement Counselling service, gives her advice for people grieving at Christmas, the complex emotions which can arise during such a time of togetherness, and how their family and friends can provide support over the festive period.