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The Sue Ryder Ambassadog judges

Sue Ryder searches for their next Ambassadogs to help support patients

Sue Ryder has partnered with Pets As Therapy to launch a nationwide search for the paw-fect canine companions to carry out important duties and provide support for patients at their neurological care centres, hospices and palliative care hubs across the UK.

Jennie and Dom, sitting and smiling together at a restaurant

“It was helpful to go back through all our times together and contribute something in Dom’s memory”

Jennie Hanbidge’s husband Dom died at home on October 17, 2020, aged just 48 after being diagnosed with stage 4 oesophageal cancer only a few months earlier. As the family were supported by the community team at Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice during Dom’s illness, Jennie set up an Incredible Memories Fund enabling those who knew him to share memories and raise over £6,000 for the hospice.

Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice Director Elise Hoadley speaks to Kohler Mira associates

Pandemic impact sees Kohler Mira extend charity partnership with Sue Ryder

The devastating impact of the coronavirus pandemic on Sue Ryder has led Cheltenham-based Kohler Mira to extend its charity partnership for a second year running, hoping to raise an ambitious £100,000.

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.

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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Update - Sue Ryder charity shops now closed due to latest UK lockdown

In line with the latest Government announcement, Sue Ryder charity shops in the UK are now closed until further notice.