National healthcare charity, Sue Ryder, has appointed writer and journalist Clover Stroud as its newest Ambassador. Clover will join forces with the charity to help raise awareness of the palliative, neurological and bereavement support it provides.
Clover’s mother sustained a serious brain injury following a riding accident in 1991 and was cared for by Sue Ryder Nurses for many years. Clover has publicly described the nursing staff as ‘angels’ and has praised the care given to her mother by the charity.
Her autobiographical novel, 'The Wild Other', described the aftermath of her mother’s neurological trauma and the impact this had on her and the wider family. Clover has also spoken publicly about the issues surrounding long-term care and has been very honest about her own experiences of grief, following the deaths of both her mother and more recently, her sister.
Speaking of her role with Sue Ryder, Clover said:
“I’m honoured to be supporting a cause that provides vital care and support for people at the most difficult times of their lives. Mum received such amazing care from Sue Ryder and it is wonderful to be able to give back to the charity.
“I have direct and very personal experience of how neurological injury can affect the patient and family and the subsequent issues of long term care and grief, so this feels very right to me on many levels.”
Sue Ryder's Chief Executive, Heidi Travis, said:
“We are delighted to welcome Clover to Sue Ryder. She has lived with the impact of neurological trauma and grief and it is her personal experience that makes her a perfect fit with us. We are excited to see what we can achieve together.”