“The hospice is close to my heart so I am swimming to raise money for families needing our care."

Susan Shackleton is a Senior Nurse on the inpatient unit at our Thorpe Hall Hospice. Later this summer, she’s swapping her Sue Ryder Nurse’s uniform for a wet suit and googles to raise funds for the patients she helps care for.

Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Nurse Susan holding up her wet suit
Susan holding up her wet suit.

Susan will be competing in a 4km swim at SwimRutland, a mass participation open water swim event in one of the most beautiful outdoor water venues in the UK, where Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall has been announced as this year’s charity partner.

All swimmers taking to the water on Sunday 11th August, or for the exhilarating swim under the stars NightSwim on 31st August, can raise funds in sponsorship for the hospice. And you can join Susan and hundreds of other swimmers taking part by registering online at https://www.therutlandmarathon.co.uk/.

Raising £500 for families needing care

Susan hopes to raise £500 for local families needing the expert and compassionate palliative care she and her colleagues help give.

"Working at Thorpe Hall, I see first-hand what the hospice staff do for patients and families," she says. "It is a real privilege to care for patients and families at such as private and sensitive time.”

People are surprised by the happiness within the hospice

“I have heard so many patients and families arrive and say if only they had known what the hospice was like, they would have come sooner. They are surprised by the happiness within the hospice, the calmness and the services we offer as well as the fact that we are run by donations to the Sue Ryder charity.

“The hospice is close to my heart, so challenging myself with something I enjoy and raising money is good for everyone!” she adds.

“I am looking forward to swimming to help raise funds in support of people needing end of life care, and hope lots of other people will take the plunge and join me.”

Swimming in memory of her father-in-law

Susan will be swimming alongside her husband Andrew in memory of his father Stuart, who received care at the hospice.

“My father-in-law spent a few weeks at the hospice for symptom management and was able to return home with better pain control, where he had chosen to be cared for at the end," she recalls.

“We’ll be swimming across Rutland Water in his memory. He really enjoyed visiting Rutland Water and did some sailing with the RAF there many years ago.”

join Susan and hundreds of other swimmers taking part in SwimRutland