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Photo of a physiotherapy exercise group lifting arm weights while sat in chairs at Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice

“As physiotherapists, we help people make the absolute best of their lives”

Physiotherapy is a vital part of holistic palliative care. In this blog post, Sarah Sharp, a physiotherapist at Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice in Gloucestershire, shares more about her role.

Photo of Richard Littledale at Sue Ryder's annual lecture 2019

"Bereavement is a deep wound with no visible scar"

We were delighted to welcome our regular blogger, Richard Littledale, as keynote speaker at the Sue Ryder annual lecture last week. The event was hosted by Rachel Reeves MP at the House of Commons and discussed the topic of bereavement.

Image of Rachel Gray, a lymphodema nurse at Sue Ryder St Johns Hospice

A day in the life of a Lymphoedema Specialist Nurse

Meet Rachel Gray, a lymphoedema specialist nurse at Sue Ryder St John’s Hospice. Rachel, who has worked as a nurse since 2002, helps to run the hospice’s Lymphoedema Clinic. In this blog post, she talks us through a day in her life.

A mother and daughter browsing the Online Community on a laptop

We need to talk about the 'D word'

Our new research A Better Grief reveals that, as a nation, we have a big issue talking about death – with half of us saying we would be scared of saying the wrong thing to someone recently bereaved.

Mike rides into the distance

Mike's Vietnam to Cambodia Adventure

After seeing the difference that his wife makes every day as a palliative care nurse, Mike decided to cycle 400 kilometres from Vietnam to Cambodia to raise money for our Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice. Here he talks about his trip of a lifetime.

Sue Ryder Cuerden Hall Neurological Care Centre resident Danny Gallagher

“The first time we came to Cuerden Hall to have a look round, it felt like home.”

Danny Gallagher has lived at our Sue Ryder Cuerden Hall Neurological Care Centre since January 2018. Here, his daughters Daniella and Gemma describe how he came to be at Cuerden Hall and the positive impact it has had on all of their lives.

Jess Bacon with her Mum and brother at her graduation.

Losing Dad: five years on

“When I found out Dad had cancer, I worried about my graduation – and about my future beyond it. I thought of every single day ahead when he wouldn’t be there,” writes Jess Bacon, whose dad died at our Thorpe Hall Hospice five years ago. Here, she recalls all the (dreaded) milestones that have come and gone since then.

Eileen, Pete and Julia Cook walking on the beach

“Loved ones depart but they leave behind precious memories.”

What happens when someone you love has died, leaving their belongings behind? How do you decide what to keep and – at what is such a painful time – work out which items ‘spark joy’? After watching the Tidying Up with Marie Kondo episode ‘Sparking Joy After A Loss’, Julia Cook reflects on losing her parents-in-law and how she navigated the difficult process of sorting through their effects.

Angie Lund and family

“I’ll be crying all the way to the finish line”: Angie’s London Marathon story

“Throughout the last few months of my beautiful mum-in-law Marian’s life, Sue Ryder Nurses were on call 24/7,” writes Angie Lund. “They ensured Marian's dignity remained intact, kept her totally pain free, gave us ongoing advice, and took her wishes about her care into consideration throughout. It is for this reason, in Marian’s memory, that I want to give something back by running the London Marathon.”

Pictured from left to right are the Lord-Lieutenant of Suffolk, Clare Countess of Euston; Pamela Mackenzie, Sue Ryder’s executive director for neurological services and Scotland; Jo Marshall, centre director at The Chantry; Mark Pepper, operational lead for medicine at Ipswich Hospital; and Nerinda Evans, associate director transformation at Suffolk’s Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs).

Crucial new beds for brain injury patients unveiled at The Chantry

Sue Ryder The Chantry Neurological Care Centre and Ipswich Hospital have joined forces to provide more specialist care packages for head injury patients in response to growing numbers of people being diagnosed with neurological conditions.