Sue Ryder success at party conferences

Our Influencing and Engagement team attended the Labour and Conservative Party Conferences in September and October, respectively, to raise awareness of the growing demand for palliative care, and the need for a sustainable funding solution to secure its future.

Funding challenges

Our branded stand was creatively designed to resemble a Sue Ryder shop front and served as a starting point to discuss our independent research from earlier this year, which highlighted the funding challenges facing the sector.

Infographic depicting 55% increase in demand


Through an interactive game, we showed MPs how difficult it can be for hospice charities to plug the current funding gap through fundraising alone.

Overall, we secured the support of over 35 MPs across both conferences for our #FundHospiceCare campaign.

Photograph of Jon Ashworth MP holding pledge card

And the team experienced useful engagement with key stakeholders and senior politicians including Health Secretary Sajid Javid, Care Minister Gillian Keegan, Shadow Health Secretary Jon Ashworth, and Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves.

Photograph of Sajid Javid MP at Sue Ryder stand

Next steps

Going forward, we will work with the MPs who showed support for our campaign to continue to make the case for a new funding settlement from the government so we can continue to meet the demand for our vital services.

Our work with government

Sue Ryder's public affairs work aims to influence the government in England and Scotland so that they take action to improve palliative, neurological and bereavement care.