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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.

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.

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.

Lee Sharratt and his partner Marc, with their dog Rita.

From Whitby to Filey in memory of Marc

Two years after the death of his partner Marc, Lee Sharratt will walk 26 miles from Whitby to Filey in his memory. Lee has chosen a route with special memories for them, and he will also be raising funds for Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice, where Marc received end-of-life care and where Lee is a member of their New Horizons bereavement group.

Judie Allen volunteered at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice for 30 years

Tributes paid to Judie, a “remarkable” hospice volunteer of 30 years

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.

Letty, Bel and Joby Cornwell together

Bel and her family clocking up another 100 miles in support of Sue Ryder

After raising more than £7,000 for Sue Ryder with her inspirational ‘marathon’ challenge this summer, Bel Cornwell is now determined to reach even greater heights by taking on a new '100 mile challenge' with her family, to help raise funds for Sue Ryder.

Sarah Riley in her Sue Ryder gear, celebrating with balloons

“You continue to move forward, step by step, even in the most painful of times”

Sarah Riley sadly lost her dad, Steve, in 2019 after he was cared for at Sue Ryder Palliative Care Hub South Oxfordshire. Here, she talks about the pain of living with her grief and how running has provided a focus through dark times, helping her to keep on going, step by step.

Kerry Surkitt with her medals, at her 50th marathon.

Kerry smashes charity challenge to run 50 marathons by the age of 50

Kerry Surkitt has been racking up the medals, completing 50 marathons before she turns 50 – and now she’s aiming for 100 to raise funds for Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice, who cared for her best friend Bev.