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Tony with his late wife Maggie

"It was a great way for the whole family to see the funds being raised in Maggie's memory, and share photos and memories of her."

Maggie King was cared for at our Thorpe Hall Hospice, where she'd spent so many years volunteering, before she died in August 2018. Since then, Tony and his family have set up an Incredible Memories Fund: an online page where they can share special photos and thoughts, and donations can be made in Maggie’s memory.

A patient receiving a head massage

“Patients tell me complementary therapy gives them a ‘holiday from pain’.”

Elaine Carpenter is Complementary Therapies Coordinator at Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice, leading a team of nine volunteers offering a wide range of complementary therapies to outpatients, inpatients, day hospice patients, carers and relatives. In this blog post, Elaine gives an insight into what complementary therapies are and how they help people at the hospice.

Carers at St John's attending the Carers' Thursday support group

Inspiring Bedfordshire carers celebrate second anniversary

A support group for carers in Bedfordshire has marked its second anniversary with a special celebration and plenty of cake. Carers’ Thursday, which is run by staff and volunteers from Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice and Carers in Bedfordshire, aims to give carers a ‘listening ear' and the chance to chat with others in a similar situation.

Julie O'Connor volunteering at Leckhampton Court Ride for Ryder

"Sue Ryder enabled my husband Steve to have his last wish."

After Julie O’Connor’s husband was cared for by Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice, she started volunteering in any way she could to give something back. This is her story.

A cartoon drawn by Hands of a Ride for Ryder cyclist

“As volunteers, our reward is to see and share those golden moments of laughter and pride with our patients.”

Hans Hanagarth has volunteered in the Art Room at Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice’s Day Hospice for ten years. A creative cartoonist, Hans volunteers his time and skills to teach patients painting, crafts and drawing. This is his story.

Lead Receptionist Janet Burgess volunteering at St John's Hospice

“I volunteer in Mum’s memory to give something back for the wonderful care she received at St John’s.”

Volunteer receptionist Janet Burgess is the first person patients and visitors meet when they come to Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice. She has volunteered there for five years in memory of her mother Joyce, leading to her being shortlisted for a Volunteer of the Year Award.

The Lunn family

“My experience of Sue Ryder’s care has taken away my fear of dying.”

As part of our summer appeal, Val Lunn recounts how, in the space of a year, she lost her husband and son – and how Sue Ryder supported her family through the toughest time of her life.

The Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice at Home team

Our growing Hospice at Home service is improving choice in end of life care in Gloucestershire

Our Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice has increased the hours of care it’s providing to terminally ill people at home from 804 a month to 1,218 a month on average since January.

Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall fundraising team

“The care my granddad received had a massive impact on my family so I’m giving something back.”

When Mitch Staff’s grandfather spent his last days at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice in 2010, the care he received made a big impression on his 10-year-old grandson.

Bella the Pets as Therapy dog with a Sue Ryder Nurse

“Bella was born to be a Pets as Therapy dog”: meet Duchess of Kent Hospice’s four-legged volunteer

Pets can be a great support during illness and beyond – as volunteer Barry discovered when, following his wife Sarita’s death, he signed up their puppy Bella to become a certified Pets as Therapy dog.