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A grieving person alone in their living room

Sue Ryder gains support from cross-party MPs and organisations to call on Government to bolster bereavement support in the workplace

Sue Ryder and a coalition of MPs, charities, businesses, faith leaders and healthcare professionals are calling on the Government to introduce a minimum of two weeks statutory paid bereavement leave for all UK employees grieving the loss of a close relative or partner.

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Letter to the Business Secretary calling for bereavement leave

Sue Ryder and a coalition of MPs, charities, businesses, faith leaders, and healthcare professionals are calling on the Government to introduce statutory paid bereavement leave for all UK employees grieving the loss of a close relative or partner.

Ben Sykes

“I still find the tribute page so moving and it has helped me feel connected to Ben. I like that there is a tribute to him out there. It means a lot to me”

Sam Sykes’ husband Ben was cared for in the last weeks of his life at Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice, where he could be with Sam and their daughter Erin. Determined to ensure other families benefit from the same specialist care, Sam set up an Incredible Memories Fund tribute page for Ben and has since raised over £50,000 for Sue Ryder in his memory.

Finlay the therapy dog sitting next to his retirement basket full of doggy treats.

Finlay the therapy dog retires after years of helping residents at Sue Ryder Stagenhoe

For nearly a decade, Finlay the therapy dog has been helping and cheering up residents at Sue Ryder Neurological Care Centre Stagenhoe, but now he is hanging up his collar and settling into retirement after bringing joy to so many people.

Sue Ryder Nurse Alexandra in the hospice garden

“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.

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Update - Sue Ryder charity shops now closed due to latest UK lockdown

In line with the latest Government announcement, Sue Ryder charity shops in the UK are now closed until further notice.

Sarah Bottomley, Head of Clinical Services at Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice

“I know we provide fantastic care, but when my dad was in the hospice I felt it”

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.

Lee Sharratt and his partner Marc, with their dog Rita.

From Whitby to Filey in memory of Marc

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.

Julie, on the stairs at Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice

“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.

Marlene, a Senior Nurse at Sue Ryder Neurological Care Centre Stagenhoe, next to their Christmas tree

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.