“It’s a privilege to care for people who are coming to the end of their life. You give a lot, but you receive so much more in return”
Sue Ryder Nurse Alexandra started working at Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice in April 2020. Here, she talks about starting a new role during the coronavirus pandemic, and how support from her colleagues and the local community kept her going through the difficult times.
In line with the latest Government announcement, Sue Ryder charity shops in the UK are now closed until further notice.
Sarah Bottomley is Head of Clinical Services at Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice. As part of our 'We Can't Stop' campaign, she talks about her experience of working during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as her personal connection with the hospice.
Two years after the death of his partner Marc, Lee Sharratt will walk 26 miles from Whitby to Filey in his memory. Lee has chosen a route with special memories for them, and he will also be raising funds for Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice, where Marc received end-of-life care and where Lee is a member of their New Horizons bereavement group.
“What's so amazing is that bereaved people are supporting each other to find purpose and joy in life once again”
When Julie Pimlott-Jones’s husband died suddenly she was only 39 and she struggled to find the right bereavement support. As a Clinical Nurse Specialist, Julie saw that there was a lack of bereavement support for younger bereaved partners, so she approached colleagues at Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice about creating a peer support group.
Year of the Nurse: “The more you can get to know someone on a personal level the better the care you can give them”
Marlene Sanchez-Gonzalez, Senior Nurse at Sue Ryder Neurological Care Centre Stagenhoe, recounts how their team has adapted to the pandemic, the difficulties of supporting those with neurological conditions during such a restricted time and how the care team is like one big family.
The coronavirus pandemic has been especially hard for families where a loved one is living with a terminal illness or approaching the end of their life. Our Hospice at Home team at Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice have been helping keep families together at home throughout the ongoing pandemic.
Louise Bunyan's dad, Ken, was cared for at Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice during his final days in 2019. Here, she talks about the expert care, help and support they received as a family.
Year of the Nurse: “This year I’ve truly seen how resilient our teams are – because we can’t stop caring”
Susan Shackleton was appointed as Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice's new Head of Clinical Services in February 2020. One month later, the coronavirus pandemic changed everything. Here, she tells us of her experiences leading the hospice's front-line teams over the past eight months.
Year of the Nurse: “I hope us being there is very reassuring for patients, even if it is just a phone call so they can talk to someone”
Helen Andrews, Clinical Nurse Specialist at Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice, talks about her experience of working during the coronavirus pandemic and how the community team have adapted to ensure patients continue to get specialist care and support at home.