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Jess Bacon as a child with her family

'Even if it's just to one person, or just one word, say something.' Jess Bacon's struggles with grief and the importance of opening up to others

At sixteen, Jess Bacon tragically lost her Dad. Here, she describes her struggles with depression and communicating about her loss, the silence of those around her who were scared to say the wrong thing and the liberating power of reaching out to people for support; 'Even if it's just to one person, or just one word, say something.'

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.

Two Sue Ryder Nurses helping a patient walk

Sue Ryder issues stark warning to Government that UK hospice services will collapse without imminent funding reform

Sue Ryder is today releasing a public warning to the Government that hospice services in the UK are in a state of crisis and will collapse without imminent funding reform.

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.”

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.

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.

Sue Ryder Nurses with a drinks tray and tinsel

A Sue Ryder Christmas

In this blog, we meet Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice inpatient unit ward manager, Sue Phillips, and Sue Ryder Nurse, Mari Pittman, as they talk about what it’s like to be in a Sue Ryder hospice at Christmas.

A house covered in bright, colourful Christmas lights

Family's Christmas light display shines bright for much loved wife and mother

A family from Cirencester are making their home shine bright this Christmas with a beautiful light display dedicated to a much loved wife, mother and grandmother, Sandra Wearing, who was cared for at 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 comments on the changes in bereavement benefits that come into force today

Sue Hogston, Chief Nurse at Sue Ryder, said: "We are incredibly disappointed that the Government is going ahead with plans to make significant changes to bereavement support payments, which come into force today, 6th April 2017."

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).