Reverend Rob Pestell provides spiritual support to patients, families, carers and staff at Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice as part of the Family Support Team. Here, he shares his experience of providing care throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to have a devastating impact on both the job market and charity fundraising activities, Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice has appointed two new apprentices to its fundraising team at the start of National Apprenticeship Week 2021.
Your first Valentine’s Day after the death of a loved one can be a painful reminder of what you’ve lost. Bianca Neumann, Head of Bereavement at Sue Ryder, offers advice on how to face Valentine’s Day for the first time without your partner by your side.
“We use exercise to help patients feel good, motivated and give them a purpose at a difficult time in their lives”
Lois Dolman is a physiotherapist based at Sue Ryder Palliative Care Hub Berkshire in Newbury. Here, she talks about the importance of exercise in palliative care and how her role has changed during the coronavirus pandemic.
Sue Ryder encourages those grieving to ‘reach out’ amidst huge increase in demand for bereavement services
A year since the first coronavirus death in the UK, Sue Ryder has seen a significant rise in the need for its bereavement support. The charity is encouraging those who have lost loved ones to ‘reach out’ and seek support for their grief, as the number of people who have died with the virus is now over 100,000.
“We cannot wait for reforms to take place; we need immediate funding or our services will be at risk”
NHS England and NHS Improvement have opened a consultation on building a strong, integrated care system across England. Whilst Sue Ryder welcomes the general direction of travel, the overall lack of detail within the proposals mean many questions remain.
James Brown is pledging to run this year’s Cheltenham Half Marathon in memory of his much-loved dad, Ian, who died from cancer last year, to help raise crucial funds for Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice.
John Downing was diagnosed with mesothelioma, a type of lung cancer, in January 2019. As his health deteriorated earlier last year and lockdown started, John was able to spend his final days at home with his wife Anita supported by nurses from Sue Ryder’s South Oxfordshire Palliative Care Hub. In his memory, Anita has created an Incredible Memories Tribute page and has since raised over £4,000 for Sue Ryder.
“I have more time to spend with the people that I look after and I feel that I am able to give the quality of care each of them deserves”
Sue Ryder Nurse Cecilia Mwenda joined the team at Sue Ryder Neurological Care Centre Stagenhoe in March last year. She talks about the importance of building relationships with the people she cares for and the more personal support this allows her to provide, as well as the challenges they've faced at Stagenhoe during the pandemic.
“I can’t thank Wheatfields enough for the amazing care. There was such humanity, they genuinely care about each individual as a person”
Gemma Sisson and Ricky Moore had been together for nearly 16 years but never found the time to plan a wedding. So, when Gemma was admitted to Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice with terminal cancer during the first lockdown, staff pulled out all the stops to help them tie the knot. Ricky has since vowed to keep on fundraising for Wheatfields.