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 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.
“I have nothing but praise for Sue Ryder Neurological Care Centre Lancashire. Without them, I am sure that I would still be bed ridden”
Barry Whaite was admitted to Sue Ryder Neurological Care Centre Lancashire in April 2020, his head the only part of his body he could move independently. Barry spent all of the first national lockdown undergoing physiotherapy and rehabilitation, but in August 2020, he left the centre, walking again with help from a walking aid.
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.
Man who learned to walk again takes on '26 miles in 26 days' challenge for Sue Ryder Neurological Care Centre The Chantry
Paul Osborne, a client at Sue Ryder Neurological Care Centre The Chantry is taking on a ‘26 miles in 26 days’ challenge to raise funds for the centre, where he received specialist care and physiotherapy, after surgery to remove a brain tumour left him unable to walk properly.
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.