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.
Leonie Turner, a palliative care nurse at Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice in Moggerhanger, is sharing her story this Hospice Care Week in the hope of inspiring others to follow a career in palliative care.
Meet Liz Maitland, Chaplain at Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice. Liz has worked at the hospice for 11 years and provides spiritual support to patients, families, carers and staff. Here, she talks us through a day in her life.
On 5 October, Sue Ryder will be presenting at the Royal College of Nursing event, ‘What use are human rights in end of life care?’ to highlight the areas for development and discuss the changes that need to be made in order to embed a human rights approach to end of life care.
Two daredevil Sue Ryder Nurses took to the skies on Sunday 20 September in a bid to raise money for Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice where they work.
Brothers-in-law Russell Champion and Rob Kingsford have raised over £33,000 for Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice in Reading by cycling from Lands’ End to John O’Groats, in memory of Russell’s aunt, Rachel Gormley, who was cared for at the hospice.
“There are so many elements of my job that I love.” Fern, Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice's Inpatient Unit Manager
After a variety of other nursing environments and more than a decade on from her first placement at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice, Fern is now their IPU Manager. She describes her nursing and managerial responsibilities, as well as the challenges and joys of working in palliative care.
Janet Hardaker, a nursing assistant at Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice for sixteen years, was surprised with a special performance from Ray Lewis of legendary soul group The Drifters on her last day before retirement.