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About Sue Ryder
Sue Ryder is a large, national charity that provides hospice, neurological care and homecare, treating more conditions that any other UK charity. It contributes 2.7 million hours of care each year and campaigns to improve the lives of people who have life-changing conditions. Sue Ryder has more than 3,000 staff, 12,000 volunteers and an annual income of around £95 million. It has offices in Suffolk, London and Doncaster.
Sue Ryder also has one of the largest chains of charity shops in the country with more than 450 outlets.
Sue Ryder takes its name from its founder who was in the Special Operations Executive in World War Two. The charity was formed in 1952 with the opening of the first Sue Ryder care home in Suffolk, which catered for concentration camp survivors. Later the scope of the charity widened to offer care for cancer patients and people with life-threatening conditions and complex needs.
Sue Ryder now has seven hospices across the UK providing care and support for people with palliative, long-term and end-of-life needs. Each hospice offers the choice of care at home or in-patient care. All palliative care services are free of charge for the people who need them.
There are also five Sue Ryder neurological care centres – in Aberdeen, Preston, Holme upon Spalding Moor, Ipswich and Hitchin. These are for people with conditions that get worse over time such as multiple sclerosis, motor neurone disease or Huntingdon’s, as well as conditions resulting from a brain or spinal injury or a stroke.
Sue Ryder offers a range of support, from long-term residential care, to services that help people improve or regain their abilities and remain at home. Expert teams working in the community enable beneficiaries to remain independent. Services include community cafes, self-management programmes and referrals to other assistance.
Sue Ryder has become increasingly involved in public service provision. In 2011 NHS Berkshire West outsourced all its palliative care services to the charity, which included a hospice, hospice-at-home, outpatient clinics and day therapy units. In December 2011, Sue Ryder launched a 24-hour palliative care and support service throughout Bedfordshire.
Sue Ryder also campaigns for people with life-changing conditions. A current campaign, Dying doesn’t work 9 to 5, aims to ensure terminally ill people and their carers have immediate access to 24/7 expert support.
Sue Ryder is a major fundraising charity, needing to raise £42.5 million a year to keep its services running. Employee benefits include 25 days annual holiday entitlement, rising to 27 days after five years, a group personal pension scheme and a childcare voucher scheme.
There are also independent Sue Ryder charities in other countries – in Poland, the Czech Republic, Albania, Malawi, Ireland and Italy.