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Leckhampton Court Hospice at Home Lead Emma Wright speaks to a patient

“We go in and we let families be families again.”

“We bring hospice care into people’s homes – and it’s a true privilege.” These are the words of Emma Wright, Clinical Lead of Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice’s Hospice at Home team, who gives us an insight into what her job involves as part of our summer appeal.

Chica pet therapy

A shout-out to the therapy dogs of Sue Ryder (and an alpaca too)

To round off National Volunteers’ Week, we want to celebrate the furry, four-legged volunteers who work so hard to brighten the days of our patients, residents and families – not forgetting their humans!

Dee View Court Nurses discuss a patient

"No decision about me without me": why families must be involved in 'do not resuscitate' orders

Yesterday’s Daily Telegraph reported that, according to NHS nurses, too many patients are being subjected to Do Not Attempt Resuscitation (DNAR) orders without families being told. Our Human Rights Lead Jacqui Graves provides the important clinical context behind the headlines.

A girl wrapped in a blanket browsing the Online Community on her tablet 546

Bereavement benefit must change to better support those left behind

Sue Ryder is calling on the Government to better support those who have been bereaved as many are missing out on vital benefits and face falling into debt to pay for basic funeral packages.

Sue Ryder £10,000 Lottery winner Aileen Frisby

What would you do with a £10,000 lump sum or £1,000 a month for a year?

Our annual Sue Ryder Lottery Super Draw is set to take place on Friday 31st May, offering an array of cash prizes while helping to support our care across the UK. Meet lucky Aileen, who scooped a £10,000 cash prize in our lottery in 2017, and find out what she did with her winnings.

Richard Littledale with his arm round his late wife Fiona

The muscle memory of grief

"People who have lost a limb sometimes experience the presence of the limb long after it has gone – as if the nervous system refuses to accept this new, altered reality. Just recently, I experienced a similar thing with my grief on two occasions." Blogger Richard Littledale opens up about times when he has turned to his late wife Fiona, only to find her no longer there. 

Photo of Richard Littledale at Sue Ryder's annual lecture 2019

"Bereavement is a deep wound with no visible scar"

We were delighted to welcome our regular blogger, Richard Littledale, as keynote speaker at the Sue Ryder annual lecture last week. The event was hosted by Rachel Reeves MP at the House of Commons and discussed the topic of bereavement.

A photo of Ryan Judson, London Marathon runner with his dog

"I wouldn’t be taking on the London Marathon if it wasn’t for my mum."

"I’ve thrown myself into marathons and had a total change in career in my attempts to cope with my mum’s death, but talking has never been one for me," writes Ryan Judson, one of our 2019 London Marathoners. 

An older man reading the online community on his smartphone

Coping with grief at the start of a new year

The start of a new year is often accompanied by hope but, when you’re grieving for a loved one, may bring a number of more difficult emotions with it. Our Online Counsellors share their suggestions for coping with grief at the start of the new year.

A boat floating at sea

“If a loved one is caught in the tide of grief, there's no shame in just watching from the shore."

When blogger Richard lost his wife Fiona just over a year ago, he felt helpless. Here, he describes how the people around him helped him to weather the storm.