Jennie Hanbidge’s husband Dom died at home on October 17, 2020, aged just 48 after being diagnosed with stage 4 oesophageal cancer only a few months earlier. As the family were supported by the community team at Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice during Dom’s illness, Jennie set up an Incredible Memories Fund enabling those who knew him to share memories and raise over £6,000 for the hospice.
The devastating impact of the coronavirus pandemic on Sue Ryder has led Cheltenham-based Kohler Mira to extend its charity partnership for a second year running, hoping to raise an ambitious £100,000.
As increasing numbers of people have turned to the Sue Ryder Online Bereavement Community to help with their grief, Johanna shares her experience of volunteering online to help to provide crucial support through the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as reflecting on some highlights and biggest learnings from her first year in the role.
When a public figure dies, the news can elicit a range of emotions. You may feel a sense of loss if you admired them, but you might also feel indifferent. If you've struggled with a bereavement, their death may bring feelings of grief to the surface again. The important thing, says our Head of Bereavement, Bianca Neumann, is that we should respect that everyone will feel differently.
“Chaplaincy is about ensuring that people are flourishing on a daily basis when receiving palliative care”
Reverend Vanessa Appleton is the Chaplain at Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice. She talks about providing spiritual support to patients, families, carers and staff in Berkshire during the pandemic.
Pippa Tinsley has already raised over £1,000 for Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice in memory of her dad, Paul (Nigel) Houghton, and hopes to raise more as she gets on her bike for a sponsored cycle from Sleaford to Lincoln later this year.
In this blog, Dr Zoe Salmon shares her experiences of a career spanning 16 years providing expert and compassionate palliative care to families in Gloucestershire at Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice.
The last year has seen more people than ever making the most of outdoor spaces and heading into their gardens. The residents at Sue Ryder Stagenhoe Neurological Centre are no exception, helping out in the vegetable garden and seeing their growing efforts used for the centre's menu.
The Family Support Team at Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice has introduced Zoom counselling to offer patients and their relatives more choice in how they receive support during the coronavirus pandemic.
“Getting married is something that we’d wanted to do for a long time and it had a very special meaning”
Hilary Diaper and Justin Grossman tied the knot at home in February 2021 thanks to staff from Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice, who pulled out all the stops to arrange their special nuptials in just three days.