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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 at the height of 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.

Sue Ryder Nurse, Leonie Turner.

Sue Ryder Nurse encourages others to consider a rewarding career in palliative care

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.

Liz Maitland, Chaplain at Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice

Hospice Care Week 2020: A day in the life - Liz Maitland, Chaplain at Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice

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.

Rachael Delaney and Saima Ghafoor walking over the Infinity Bridge.

Sue Ryder Nurses reach new heights to raise funds for Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice

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.

Russell and Rob in their cycling gear, on their 1,000 mile fundraising journey.

Cyclists take on 1,000 mile trip and raise thousands for Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice

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.

Fern, the IPU Manager at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall 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 and Ray Lewis standing together in the Wheatfields garden

Drifters star Ray Lewis surprises Sue Ryder nursing assistant with performance

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.

Sue Ryder Nurse Caroline Salmon

“I started at Thorpe Hall in March and obviously things have been very different to how they would normally be.” Caroline, Sue Ryder Nurse

Arriving at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice in March 2020, Caroline has had a long and varied career in nursing and brings a wealth of experience to Sue Ryder. But nothing could have prepared her for the impact Covid-19 would have on our healthcare system.

A Sue Ryder Nurse at Leckhampton Court Hospice

New report finds 200,000 people could die because of healthcare delays and economic effects of coronavirus lockdown

A new report from the Department of Health and Social Care, Office for National Statistics, Government Actuary's Department and the Home Office has found that 200,000 people could die because of delays in healthcare and the economic effects of the coronavirus lockdown.

Heidi Travis

NHS Reset: Why we can no longer neglect the palliative care sector

Heidi Travis, Chief Executive of Sue Ryder, discusses the impact of delays in medical diagnoses and treatments on the numbers of people needing palliative care over the next 24 months, and makes the case for sustainable statutory funding for hospices.