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Celebrating Volunteering in 2019

In the latest volunteering blog, Bluebell Smith, Volunteer Manager (Healthcare and Fundraising), looks back over this year's volunteering achievements and considers why December is an ideal month for both reflection and celebration. 

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Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice’s Starlight Hike breaks records

Volunteers and staff at Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice have received an early Christmas present with the news that over £103,000 has been raised for local families needing their expert and compassionate care at this year’s Starlight Hike.

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A Sue Ryder Christmas

In this blog, we meet Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice inpatient unit ward manager, Sue Phillips, and Sue Ryder Nurse, Mari Pittman, as they talk about what it’s like to be in a Sue Ryder hospice at Christmas.

Ian and Dorothy Suttie

Sue Ryder Neurological Care Centre Dee View Court receives generous donation just in time for Christmas

Christmas has come early to Sue Ryder Neurological Care Centre Dee View Court in Aberdeen, who have received a substantial sum to help fund their latest facilities and capacity expansion, thanks to local businessman, Ian Suttie and his wife, Dorothy.

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Tips for coping with grief this Christmas

Christmas can be a difficult time for anyone coping with the death of a loved one. Here are some tips and suggestions that may help.

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Family's Christmas light display shines bright for much loved wife and mother

A family from Cirencester are making their home shine bright this Christmas with a beautiful light display dedicated to a much loved wife, mother and grandmother, Sandra Wearing, who was cared for at Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice.

Lindsay O'Kane Running

Mum to run 5k every day this December in support of Sue Ryder St John's Hospice

For her third December Daily Dash, mum of two Lindsay O'Kane is taking on the challenge of running 5km every single day throughout December, including Christmas Day, in support of Sue Ryder St John’s, who cared for her grandmother.

Human Rights Day Hashtag

Human Rights Day 2019

Today is Human Rights Day, a day that celebrates the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948. In her latest blog, our Human Rights Lead, Jacqui Graves, explains how we are asking party leaders to commit to protecting human rights in the UK.

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The power of volunteering

Bluebell Smith, Volunteer Manager (Healthcare and Fundraising), discusses how volunteering has shaped her life, the friends she has made, the perspective gained, the enduring reminder this has given her of the kindness of others and the amazing work of our volunteers.

Paulette Vallois with a tinsel scarf and festive tea pot

Christmas Coffee Morning and Fayre at Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice

The volunteer-run monthly coffee morning will be a festive fundraising affair with a range of craft stalls, Christmas cards and gifts, a festive tombola and delicious cakes and festive treats to enjoy, in support of Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice.

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Sue Ryder responds to the new research report on commissioning of specialist palliative care services in England

Sue Hogston, Chief Nurse at Sue Ryder, said: "This new report exposes some shocking evidence on the lack of support for palliative care in the UK. At Sue Ryder, we campaign to improve end of life care and support services for dying people and their families, and this report reveals that, as a country, we still have a long way to end a postcode lottery regarding good, responsive end of life care."

Statement: Our reaction to the death of Sir Ken Morrison

We are very sad to hear about the death of former Morrisons chairman Sir Ken Morrison.

A human rights approach to end of life care

Sue Ryder has launched a new approach to end of life care using the Human Rights’ Act (HRA). The work has provided a practical tool to help practitioners caring for people at the end of their lives make some, often difficult, decisions.

CQC report highlights the importance of integrated services for older people

​​​​​​​John Hughes, Medical Director at Sue Ryder responds to the new Care Quality Commission’s report Building Bridges, Breaking Barriers.

Celebrating our incredible volunteers - Alison's story

On Sunday 12th June 2016, The Mall in St James’s Park will be transformed into the largest ever street party to celebrate The Queen’s patronage of over 600 charities and organisations on the occasion of her 90th Birthday. Alison Hilken has been handpicked to represent the charity at the event as a special thank you for her dedication as a volunteer at the Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice in Reading.

Action needed to ensure high quality and personalised care for everyone at the end of their lives, urges CQC

A national review by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has found that people from certain groups in society are experiencing poorer quality care at the end of their lives than others because providers and commissioners do not always understand or fully consider their specific needs.

‘Dismaying’ figures show almost 50,000 people died with poor care in last 12 months

In the last year an estimated 48,000 people in England experienced poor care in the last 3 months of their life (i), a new report from a coalition of charities today warns. This represents 10 per cent of people who died and is based on responses from relatives and carers collected by the Office of National Statistics (ONS). 

People in Scotland with neurological conditions failed by authorities new report finds

People in Scotland with neurological conditions are being denied the treatment and support they need, with younger adults ending up in care homes designed for older people according to a report by charity, Sue Ryder.

Sue Ryder comments on Audit Scotland’s report into health and social care integration

Commenting on the risks facing the integration of health and social care in Scotland, Sue Ryder’s Assistant Director for Scottish Services, Pamela Mackenzie, said: “Integration of health and social care helps deliver timely services when people need them, no matter where or when, so it is crucial that Scotland gets this right."

Sue Ryder responds to Government’s spending review of public sector budgets

Today Chancellor George Osborne announced the Conservative Government's Spending Review for 2015, following this announcement our Director of Health and Social Care, Mike Smeeton, gave his response.