Sue Ryder provide incredible hospice and neurological care for people facing a frightening, life-changing diagnosis. It’s not just expert medical care that they provide. It’s the emotional support and practical things they take care of too. The Sue Ryder staff and volunteers do whatever they can to be a safety net for their patients and loved ones at the most difficult time of their lives.
Sue Ryder provides 2.7 million hours of care to thousands of people every year and they care for more conditions than any other UK Charities. With 11,000 volunteers at their hospices and care centres, they are truly passionate about giving people the care they want.
You may have seen a recent press announcement that Sue Ryder will be selling the property that currently houses its hospice at Nettlebed. This by no means diminishes our need to fundraise for Sue Ryder - far from it. The move will not be made for at least another 18 months to two years. We are very excited to be supporting Sue Ryder at this time of transistion and believe that the funds we raise at WalkWithMe 2018 will make a significant difference to the changes that are planned. Here's a note from Holly Spiers Director of Hospices & Fundraising, Sue Ryder, to explain more:
“Sue Ryder has been working with the local Clinical Commissioning Group and other healthcare providers to understand the need for end of life care across South Oxfordshire. Our research clearly shows that more and more people are looking to be cared for in their own home, and we know that there is an unmet need in South Oxfordshire. To ensure that our services meet the future needs of the community we are looking to develop a 24/7 palliative care service in the community. We are shifting our care to where it is most needed enabling far more people to access our services.
We will not be stopping our services; we will be looking for alternative ways to deliver them to more people. As a result we plan on selling Nettlebed and creating a community hub which will provide a base for our community services. We will be working closely with Oxfordshire CCG and the Locality Clinical Director to find other ways to deliver these services and offer our in-patient care at other locations. This is not a cost-cutting exercise, nor is it about closing down our services. We are changing how are services are delivered to reflect the changing needs of our patients and their families.
We would like to reassure the community that whilst we develop our plans we will continue to deliver the same well regarded and respected services from this building. As always, we remain incredibly grateful for the community’s continued support, which enables us to be there for people at the most difficult time of their lives.”
*For the purpose of Gift Aid, £50 is a suggested donation.
Registered Charity number: England and Wales 1052076
and in Scotland SC03