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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.

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.

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!

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.

Jase working at the till.

"I will never leave Sue Ryder as they are an amazing charity to volunteer for!"

We rely on our wonderful charity shop volunteers to help sort donations, price stock, manage the till and support customers. Jason talks to us about his experience volunteering in our Brigg shop in North Lincolnshire for the last eight years.

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.

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.

Thorpe Hall volunteer befriender Penny Fisher

"What do you say to someone facing a life-changing diagnosis? I have no idea - but I'm a good listener and that helps."

Penny Fisher has volunteered as a befriender and bereavement supporter at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice since 2008, following the death of her husband. Here, she tells us why she gives her time.

Leckhampton supporters Paulette and Julia

"Supporting our local hospice is something we do together as mum and daughter."

This Mother’s Day we’re sharing the heart-warming words of mother and daughter, Paulette and Julia, who together raise vital funds for their local hospice, Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.

Volunteer Ann busily balancing the till at our Bury St Edmunds store.

“Volunteering at Sue Ryder has given me a new lease of life.”

70-year-old Ann Tuvey has been the Lead Volunteer at our Bury St Edmunds charity shop in West Suffolk ever since it opened five years ago. Here, she describes her responsibilities, challenges and what she gets out of giving her time.