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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.

Jenny with her late husband Hugh.

Why we are shining bright to remember Hugh

After Jenny Rea’s husband Hugh was cared for at Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice, Jenny and her daughter Amber McArdle decided to take part in the hospice’s Starlight Hike 2018 in memory of Hugh, raising over £600. Find out why they're doing it all again this year.

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.

Nilesh with his mother as a baby

“Grief is universal; it crosses all boundaries and is something that we will all share.”

Online Community member Nilesh Makwana recounts how losing his parents, Subhadra and Ramniklal, prompted him to join our online bereavement forum in 2017.

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.

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 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.