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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

We understand that visiting is loved ones is crucial to the health and wellbeing of all our patients and clients, and the safety of the people in our care remains of paramount importance.

Image of Patricia Gibson MP in a video for Sue Ryder's bereavement leave for all campaign

“Bereavement is not a holiday”: MPs and public figures show support for bereavement leave

A coalition of MPs, businesses and charities have backed Sue Ryder's campaign for statutory bereavement leave in a powerful new video.

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Sue Ryder searches for their next Ambassadogs to help support patients

Sue Ryder has partnered with Pets As Therapy to launch a nationwide search for the paw-fect canine companions to carry out important duties and provide support for patients at their neurological care centres, hospices and palliative care hubs across the UK.

Jennie and Dom, sitting and smiling together at a restaurant

“It was helpful to go back through all our times together and contribute something in Dom’s memory”

Jennie Hanbidge’s husband Dom died at home on October 17, 2020, aged just 48 after being diagnosed with stage 4 oesophageal cancer only a few months earlier. As the family were supported by the community team at Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice during Dom’s illness, Jennie set up an Incredible Memories Fund enabling those who knew him to share memories and raise over £6,000 for the hospice.

The Duchess of Kent garden, with trees and flowers in full bloom all around

“Chaplaincy is about ensuring that people are flourishing on a daily basis when receiving palliative care”

Reverend Vanessa Appleton is the Chaplain at Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice. She talks about providing spiritual support to patients, families, carers and staff in Berkshire during the pandemic.

Pippa is raising funds for the Sue Ryder Hospice who cared for her father, Nigel

“I will never stop raising funds for Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice”

Pippa Tinsley has already raised over £1,000 for Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice in memory of her dad, Paul (Nigel) Houghton, and hopes to raise more as she gets on her bike for a sponsored cycle from Sleaford to Lincoln later this year.

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.

A woman holding a red rose in her hands

Facing your first Valentine’s Day after the death of a loved one

Your first Valentine’s Day after the death of a loved one can be a painful reminder of what you’ve lost. Bianca Neumann, Head of Bereavement at Sue Ryder, offers advice on how to face Valentine’s Day for the first time without your partner by your side.

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Sue Ryder encourages those grieving to ‘reach out’ amidst huge increase in demand for bereavement services

A year since the first coronavirus death in the UK, Sue Ryder has seen a significant rise in the need for its bereavement support. The charity is encouraging those who have lost loved ones to ‘reach out’ and seek support for their grief, as the number of people who have died with the virus is now over 100,000.

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.