New mural revealed in Reading as a heartfelt ‘thank you’ to local nurses

Created by local Oxfordshire artist, Saroj Patel, the colourful mural displays messages of thanks to Sue Ryder Nurses from family members whose loved ones experienced their expert and compassionate care.

We’d love for you to visit the mural, read the words and support us in any way you can, so our specialist care teams can continue to be there when it matters. 

Celebrating the lasting impact of palliative care   

Displaying messages of gratitude from the local community, the poignant mural shines a light on the ‘compassion,’ ‘kindness’ and ‘devotion’ of Sue Ryder Nurses across Reading, Newbury, Wokingham and South Oxfordshire.

And it is this devotion that is clear to see when looking at the new stats from the region shared today. As well as delivering 4,105 shifts in the Sue Ryder Duchess of Kent Hospice in Reading in 2022, our nurses also carried out 16,410 visits to people’s homes, care homes and hospitals across the region during the same period.  

“It was such an unknown and scary time, but the Sue Ryder Nurses always went above and beyond to support our family. They visited us three times a day and they built up such a rapport and it really felt like they had become part of our family.  

“John was a proud man and they always treated him with dignity, while also taking the time to remember his interests and talk to him about the things he enjoyed. It was also the little things - like remembering our dog’s names and knowing when I needed a hug that meant so much.”  

- Tina talking about her husband John, who was cared for at home by our nurses

This year, our nurses in West Berkshire have carried out 62% more appointments from January to March, while their colleagues at the Sue Ryder Palliative Care Hub South Oxfordshire have already cared for 15% more patients than in the same period in 2022. And this demand is predicted to grow, as our own research found that the number of people expected to receive palliative care each year in England is set to increase by 55% by 2030/31.  

This is why we have commissioned this mural as part of our wider We Are Sue Ryder campaign. We want to convey the heartfelt thanks to our nurses from the local community, and use the opportunity to highlight the need for our services in the area.

With your support, we can make sure we’re there when it matters for everyone who needs us in the future.  

We went down to the reveal of the mural and spoke to supporters about what it means to them.

Visiting the mural

If you’d like to visit the mural, head to The Oracle Shopping Centre in Reading. You’ll find it by the riverside entrance, next to YO! Sushi, and it will be on display from 24 May throughout the summer.  

“This new mural beautifully shows how much of a privilege it is to care for someone at the end of their life.  

“We meet people when they are going through a very difficult time, but we are here to support them and their loved ones every step of the way. The mural is an incredible tribute to this, and the messages of gratitude have moved me deeply.  

“We are just doing our job and we love it. These words are why we do what we do. I’d like to thank everyone in the region who fundraises for us, shops with us or donates with us. Being a charity, we can only continue to be there when it matters thanks to you.” 

- Penny Jarvis, a Sue Ryder Nurse 

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Ways to support us 

From shopping with us, to donating, fundraising or volunteering, there are so many ways you can support our vital work. We’ve got lots more information to help you make your decision, and we can’t wait to have you as part of our team.