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Image of Sue Ryder directions signage outside Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice

Coronavirus (Covid-19) guidance: visiting a Sue Ryder hospice or neurological centre

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.

A Sue Ryder nurse with a patient at Sue Ryder Neurological Care Centre Lancashire

“If we’d stopped and thought about the scale of the task, we’d have fallen over…but we did it”

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.

Cecelia, a nurse at Sue Ryder Neurological Care Centre Stagenhoe

“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.

Finlay the therapy dog sitting next to his retirement basket full of doggy treats.

Finlay the therapy dog retires after years of helping residents at Sue Ryder Stagenhoe

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.

Lee Sharratt and his partner Marc, with their dog Rita.

From Whitby to Filey in memory of Marc

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.

Judie Allen volunteered at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice for 30 years

Tributes paid to Judie, a “remarkable” hospice volunteer of 30 years

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.

Letty, Bel and Joby Cornwell together

Bel and her family clocking up another 100 miles in support of Sue Ryder

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.

Barry Whaite at the Sue Ryder Neurological Care Centre Lancashire.

“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.

Ashlie Meadows, Occupational Therapy Lead at Sue Ryder Neurological Care Centre The Chantry

National Occupational Therapy Week 2020: “We all work together to ensure the best outcome for the clients”

2-8 November is National Occupational Therapy Week. Here, Ashlie Meadows, Occupational Therapy Lead at Sue Ryder Neurological Care Centre The Chantry, talks about her passion for the work they do and its importance in helping those with a neurological condition.

Sarah Riley in her Sue Ryder gear, celebrating with balloons

“You continue to move forward, step by step, even in the most painful of times”

Sarah Riley sadly lost her dad, Steve, in 2019 after he was cared for at Sue Ryder Palliative Care Hub South Oxfordshire. Here, she talks about the pain of living with her grief and how running has provided a focus through dark times, helping her to keep on going, step by step.