Super supporter stories

Without supporters fundraising, we wouldn’t be able to be there when it matters to provide expert end-of-life care and bereavement support for people through the toughest times of their lives. Take a look at some of our inspirational supporters to see what they have made possible.

Helping us to be there when it matters

Across the country, supporters organise fun runs, bake sales, endurance challenges and get crafting to help generate much-needed funds for our hospices.

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“As a family we continue to benefit from the support of Sue Ryder, which is why we are committed to doing whatever we can to help them”

Amazing community supporters like Bel Cornwell, who has Motor Neurone Disease, but has taken on her own 100 mile powered wheelchair challenge to raise crucial funds for Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice, where Bel and her family have been supported through the toughest times.

Bel Cornwell going along her 100 mile fundraising challenge route

“I can’t thank Wheatfields enough for the amazing care. They really genuinely care about each individual as a person”

Ricky Moore has vowed to keep on fundraising for Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice, after his wife Gemma was cared for by the team, when she was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Staff pulled out all the stops to help them tie the knot, filling their last days together full of love.

He said: “I know Wheatfields really needs support with fundraising, so in honour of Gem I’m going to do a fundraising event for Wheatfields every single year now.” 

Ricky truly is an inspiration and his phenomenal support in memory of Gemma is just amazing.

“The care given to dad was out of this world”

Pippa Tinsley, after already raising over £1,000, is organising a sponsored cycle for Thorpe Hall in remembrance of her dad. She has battled and beaten cancer herself and will be travelling from Sleaford to Lincoln to help support Thorpe Hall's expert palliative care.

Pippa said: “I wanted and needed to do something to help. The care given to my dad was out of this world, so I am raising money for a charity which really needs our donations.”

Pippa Tinsley, with a picture of her dad Paul (Nigel) Houghton

“It’s difficult to put into words how grateful we are for the care Sue Ryder gave to our mum”

The Shutt siblings are taking on the Cheltenham Half in memory of their mum, Andrea, as a family. She sadly died following a battle with Motor Neurone Disease, after being cared for at Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice.

Andrea's son, Matt, said: “It’s difficult to put into words how grateful we are and continue to be for the care Sue Ryder gave to our mum. They were all fantastic. They gave help and support while she was there, and that support and advice continued when she moved to a different residence. If we needed any advice they were there. They were brilliant.”

Matt, Clayton, George, Eavie and Erin getting ready for the Cheltenham Half

“This was not just medical care, but incredible emotional care”

Richard Stuttard walked an amazing 40 miles along the Leeds & Liverpool Canal to help raise vital funds for Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice in Keighley, where his father, David, was cared for in his last days.

Richard said: “The care provided by the whole team at Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice during the five weeks my dad was there was absolutely amazing. This was not just medical and practical care, but incredible emotional care shown to both my dad and to me during an unbelievably sad time.”

Richard Stuttard as a young boy with his father David

Feeling inspired?

Why not take a look at our fantastic fundraising ideas, to spark your imagination for your own fundraiser.

If you’ve been inspired by the fundraising stories here, please get in touch with your local care centre team.

We’ll be delighted to help you get started on your own fundraising adventure!

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