Visiting a Sue Ryder hospice or neurological centre remains significantly limited and continues to be carefully managed to ensure the safety of the people in our care, our staff and visitors.
The Sue Ryder Neurological Care Centre Lancashire opened, after years in the planning, during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Centre director Terry Mears and neuro rehab lead Hannah Halliwell share their experience of such a difficult, yet rewarding, time.
TV doctor, author and NHS GP, Dr Amir Khan, has been appointed as the first ambassador for Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice near Keighley.
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.
For nearly a decade, Finlay the therapy dog has been helping and cheering up residents at Sue Ryder Neurological Care Centre Stagenhoe, but now he is hanging up his collar and settling into retirement after bringing joy to so many people.
Two years after the death of his partner Marc, Lee Sharratt will walk 26 miles from Whitby to Filey in his memory. Lee has chosen a route with special memories for them, and he will also be raising funds for Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice, where Marc received end-of-life care and where Lee is a member of their New Horizons bereavement group.
Staff at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice have paid tribute to a well-loved volunteer, Judith ‘Judie’ Allen, who passed away in September. She dedicated her time and skills for 30 years and through her countless hours of volunteering, supporting and fundraising, helped to raise an astonishing £300,000.
After raising more than £7,000 for Sue Ryder with her inspirational ‘marathon’ challenge this summer, Bel Cornwell is now determined to reach even greater heights by taking on a new '100 mile challenge' with her family, to help raise funds for Sue Ryder.