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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.

Lee Jackson and his mum Jean hugging

‘I was in quite a dark place and just being able to talk to someone made a huge difference.' How our bereavement support has given Lee hope and perspective after losing his mum Jean

Lee Jackson signed up for a trek to the Great Wall of China after his mum Jean received end-of-life care at Sue Ryder’s Manorlands Hospice. He explains why he was determined to give back to the Manorlands team who cared for Jean, how his trip turned out to be a cathartic experience and how comforting Manorlands' bereavement counselling has been for him since Jean's death.

Two people holding hands

Sue Ryder survey reveals almost half of people experience poor mental health following the death of a loved one

In response to the survey commissioned by Sue Ryder, we are launching our #JustSaySomething campaign in a bid to encourage everyone to open up about grief and bereavement, enabling a more honest, supportive grieving process for those affected and people supporting them.

Jacqui Ackroyd, St. John's Hospice's new Developmental Ward Manager

Year of the Nurse: Meet Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice's new Ward Manager Jacqui

For Year of the Nurse, where we celebrate the important work of our Sue Ryder Nurses, we begin by talking with Jacqui Ackroyd, who has been appointed St John's Hospice's new Developmental Ward Manager. “I am honoured to be a nurse and I am proud to work at Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice.”

Snowdrops growing in Leckhampton Court's gardens

Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice opens its doors for beautiful snowdrop garden display

Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice are opening their doors in February for a one-off chance to view the wonderful snowdrops emerging around its historic grounds, as part of their beautiful Snowdrop Walk Open Garden​​​​​​​ to help raise funds for local families.

Sue Ryder Nurses Cath Shatford, Bex Pearce and Heather Mitchell standing on the hospice steps

Sue Ryder Nurses take on China trek to raise crucial funds for Leckhampton Court Hospice

Sue Ryder hospice nurses Cath Shatford, Bex Pearce and Heather Mitchell are going on the adventure of a lifetime trekking along one of the Seven Wonders of the World to raise money in support of Leckhampton Court Hospice.

Runners covered in paint during the PaintRush fundraising event

Volunteers gear up for Sue Ryder St John's Hospice's first ever PaintRush event

Volunteers are making preparations to bring the first ever PaintRush event to St Neots on 29th March next year, raising vital funds for families needing the expert palliative care and bereavement support provided by Sue Ryder St John's Hospice.

Sue Ryder nurses Liz & Rosina together.

Inspirational Sue Ryder colleagues take on final epic trek to raise funds for Duchess of Kent Hospice

Two colleagues who both work at Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice are taking on the challenge of a lifetime to raise crucial funds for the hospice in Reading.

Sarah Badham and her husband Martin.

'Even though we knew we would not have Martin for Christmas we still planned for it.'

When Sarah’s husband Martin was given only weeks to live after being diagnosed with a brain tumour her world was turned upside down. Supported by Sue Ryder’s Leckhampton Court Hospice at Home team, the couple determined to make the most of the short time they had left together.

Families by the river for National Rubber Duck Day races.

National Rubber Duck Day races return to raise funds for Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice

On Sunday 12th January 2020 at Pittville Park boating lake, the popular National Rubber Duck Day races return, organised entirely by volunteers hoping to raise as much as possible for Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice.

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Sue Ryder Hospice at Home Nurse getting out of car

Announcement regarding our services at South Oxfordshire Palliative Care Hub

The Sue Ryder South Oxfordshire Palliative Care Hub is planning to close its hospice inpatient unit at Nettlebed at the end of March 2020. The charity will continue to provide specialist palliative hospice care in the home, in the South Oxfordshire community.

Voluntary hospice movement underpins NHS, says Sue Ryder hospice director in response to reports of 118,000 patients being denied end of life care

Elise Hoadley, our Director of Gloucestershire-based Leckhampton Court Hospice has responded to Hospice UK reports that 100,000+ people a year are left without the vital hospice care they need across the UK. The findings, from Hospice UK, report that more than 118,000 people with a terminal or life-limiting condition are denied specialist palliative hospice care because of funding pressures within the NHS.

Sue Ryder responds to new research published in BMC Medicine that finds at least 42% more people will need palliative care in England and Wales by 2040

When asked, the majority of people, some 82%, say that they would like to die at home. There is also evidence that only just over half of people (some 54%) actually get their wish. At Sue Ryder, we are working to support people in their choice of their end of life care and setting.

Sue Ryder statement on end of life care ahead of debate in House of Lords

Ahead of the debate in the House of Lords today, Tuesday 14th March, Sue Ryder comments on why it’s so important to hear about how the Government will follow through on its National Commitment to improve end of life care.

Sue Ryder responds to the new research report on commissioning of specialist palliative care services in England

Sue Hogston, Chief Nurse at Sue Ryder, said: "This new report exposes some shocking evidence on the lack of support for palliative care in the UK. At Sue Ryder, we campaign to improve end of life care and support services for dying people and their families, and this report reveals that, as a country, we still have a long way to end a postcode lottery regarding good, responsive end of life care."

Statement: Our reaction to the death of Sir Ken Morrison

We are very sad to hear about the death of former Morrisons chairman Sir Ken Morrison.

A human rights approach to end of life care

Sue Ryder has launched a new approach to end of life care using the Human Rights’ Act (HRA). The work has provided a practical tool to help practitioners caring for people at the end of their lives make some, often difficult, decisions.

Action needed to ensure high quality and personalised care for everyone at the end of their lives, urges CQC

A national review by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has found that people from certain groups in society are experiencing poorer quality care at the end of their lives than others because providers and commissioners do not always understand or fully consider their specific needs.

‘Dismaying’ figures show almost 50,000 people died with poor care in last 12 months

In the last year an estimated 48,000 people in England experienced poor care in the last 3 months of their life (i), a new report from a coalition of charities today warns. This represents 10 per cent of people who died and is based on responses from relatives and carers collected by the Office of National Statistics (ONS). 

Sue Ryder comments on Audit Scotland’s report into health and social care integration

Commenting on the risks facing the integration of health and social care in Scotland, Sue Ryder’s Assistant Director for Scottish Services, Pamela Mackenzie, said: “Integration of health and social care helps deliver timely services when people need them, no matter where or when, so it is crucial that Scotland gets this right."