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Runners covered in paint during the PaintRush fundraising event

Volunteers gear up for Sue Ryder St John's Hospice's first ever PaintRush event

Volunteers are making preparations to bring the first ever PaintRush event to St Neots on 29th March next year, raising vital funds for families needing the expert palliative care and bereavement support provided by Sue Ryder St John's Hospice.

Sarah Badham and her husband Martin.

'Even though we knew we would not have Martin for Christmas we still planned for it.'

When Sarah’s husband Martin was given only weeks to live after being diagnosed with a brain tumour her world was turned upside down. Supported by Sue Ryder’s Leckhampton Court Hospice at Home team, the couple determined to make the most of the short time they had left together.

Sue Ryder Nurses with a drinks tray and tinsel

A Sue Ryder Christmas

In this blog, we meet Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice inpatient unit ward manager, Sue Phillips, and Sue Ryder Nurse, Mari Pittman, as they talk about what it’s like to be in a Sue Ryder hospice at Christmas.

A house covered in bright, colourful Christmas lights

Family's Christmas light display shines bright for much loved wife and mother

A family from Cirencester are making their home shine bright this Christmas with a beautiful light display dedicated to a much loved wife, mother and grandmother, Sandra Wearing, who was cared for at Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice.

Lindsay O'Kane Running

Mum to run 5k every day this December in support of Sue Ryder St John's Hospice

For her third December Daily Dash, mum of two Lindsay O'Kane is taking on the challenge of running 5km every single day throughout December, including Christmas Day, in support of Sue Ryder St John’s, who cared for her grandmother.

A nurse and patient holding hands

'You as a human being can make a difference' Breaking the news of a terminal illness

When someone is diagnosed with a terminal illness, how do you break the news to them and their family? Dr Paul Perkins, Chief Medical Director, explains in his blog that there are no right or wrong answers, and it's the human connection which counts.

St. John's Hospice Staff & Volunteers Celebrating Their 'Outstanding' Rating

Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice rated as ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission

Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice has been rated as ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission after a rigorous two day inspection of the hospice's expert palliative care services, including its palliative care hub, in September and October 2019.

Helen and her running partner at Bedfordshire Running Festival

“I ran a 5k and 10k in one day in memory of my mum”

Helen Daniels took on two events in one day at Bedfordshire Running Festival, raising more than £1,000 for Sue Ryder St John’s hospice, whose Palliative Care Hub enabled her late mum Elizabeth to spend her final days at home with her family after she was taken ill on Christmas Day last year.

Image of patient with Sue Ryder nurse and doctor

NICE guideline for end of life care: a major step change or well-intentioned but undeliverable at current levels of funding?

Today, Wednesday 16 October 2019, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) launch their new guideline for organising and delivering end of life care services for adults. Sue Ryder’s Policy and Public Affairs Officer Niamh Buckingham reports on the difference it could make to the people we care for

Image of the Hike for Mike Starlight Hike group

Dad loved bright colours, music (especially Abba) and fun

Jude Wilcox, a 39 year old mum of twins, shares why she’ll be walking 10k under the stars in memory of her dad on Saturday 19th October 2019 for Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice.

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Sue Ryder Hospice at Home Nurse getting out of car

Announcement regarding our services at South Oxfordshire Palliative Care Hub

The Sue Ryder South Oxfordshire Palliative Care Hub is planning to close its hospice inpatient unit at Nettlebed at the end of March 2020. The charity will continue to provide specialist palliative hospice care in the home, in the South Oxfordshire community.

Voluntary hospice movement underpins NHS, says Sue Ryder hospice director in response to reports of 118,000 patients being denied end of life care

Elise Hoadley, our Director of Gloucestershire-based Leckhampton Court Hospice has responded to Hospice UK reports that 100,000+ people a year are left without the vital hospice care they need across the UK. The findings, from Hospice UK, report that more than 118,000 people with a terminal or life-limiting condition are denied specialist palliative hospice care because of funding pressures within the NHS.

Sue Ryder responds to new research published in BMC Medicine that finds at least 42% more people will need palliative care in England and Wales by 2040

When asked, the majority of people, some 82%, say that they would like to die at home. There is also evidence that only just over half of people (some 54%) actually get their wish. At Sue Ryder, we are working to support people in their choice of their end of life care and setting.

Sue Ryder statement on end of life care ahead of debate in House of Lords

Ahead of the debate in the House of Lords today, Tuesday 14th March, Sue Ryder comments on why it’s so important to hear about how the Government will follow through on its National Commitment to improve end of life care.

Sue Ryder responds to the new research report on commissioning of specialist palliative care services in England

Sue Hogston, Chief Nurse at Sue Ryder, said: "This new report exposes some shocking evidence on the lack of support for palliative care in the UK. At Sue Ryder, we campaign to improve end of life care and support services for dying people and their families, and this report reveals that, as a country, we still have a long way to end a postcode lottery regarding good, responsive end of life care."

Statement: Our reaction to the death of Sir Ken Morrison

We are very sad to hear about the death of former Morrisons chairman Sir Ken Morrison.

A human rights approach to end of life care

Sue Ryder has launched a new approach to end of life care using the Human Rights’ Act (HRA). The work has provided a practical tool to help practitioners caring for people at the end of their lives make some, often difficult, decisions.

Action needed to ensure high quality and personalised care for everyone at the end of their lives, urges CQC

A national review by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has found that people from certain groups in society are experiencing poorer quality care at the end of their lives than others because providers and commissioners do not always understand or fully consider their specific needs.

‘Dismaying’ figures show almost 50,000 people died with poor care in last 12 months

In the last year an estimated 48,000 people in England experienced poor care in the last 3 months of their life (i), a new report from a coalition of charities today warns. This represents 10 per cent of people who died and is based on responses from relatives and carers collected by the Office of National Statistics (ONS). 

Sue Ryder comments on Audit Scotland’s report into health and social care integration

Commenting on the risks facing the integration of health and social care in Scotland, Sue Ryder’s Assistant Director for Scottish Services, Pamela Mackenzie, said: “Integration of health and social care helps deliver timely services when people need them, no matter where or when, so it is crucial that Scotland gets this right."