As increasing numbers of people have turned to the Sue Ryder Online Bereavement Community to help with their grief, Johanna shares her experience of volunteering online to help to provide crucial support through the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as reflecting on some highlights and biggest learnings from her first year in the role.
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.
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.
TV doctor, author and NHS GP, Dr Amir Khan, has been appointed as the first ambassador for Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice near Keighley.
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.
“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.
“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.
In line with the latest Government announcement, Sue Ryder charity shops in the UK are now closed until further notice.
Staff at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice have paid tribute to a well-loved volunteer, Judith ‘Judie’ Allen, who passed away in September. She dedicated her time and skills for 30 years and through her countless hours of volunteering, supporting and fundraising, helped to raise an astonishing £300,000.
When Dale Anderson joined the team at Sue Ryder’s Nottingham Goose Gate store he was looking for some work experience in the retail sector, but what he found was so much more.