THE talk at our November meeting was given by Louise Brooks and was on the history of the Sue Ryder hospice at Joyce Grove in Nettlebed.
Lady Ryder was born in Leeds and worked in the slums from a young age to help people who couldn’t help themselves.
In 1959, Sue Ryder married Gp Capt Leonard Cheshire and they both went on to establish hospices in their own names.
A 12-bed hospice with palliative and neurological care was opened at Joyce Grove, which once belonged to the family of author Ian Fleming and he often visited as a child.
At Sue Ryder, they provide day services, community services, bereavement support, therapy, symptom management and spiritual care.
The hospice needs £2.6 million a year to operate but just £850,000 comes from statutory funding.
The balance comes from fund-raising work, largely undertaken by local volunteers who, for example, run the sales of donated unwanted goods which take place at the hospice every third week.
Altogether this was an excellent insight into the work of a well-known local institution.
Our next gathering will be a Christmas lunch and normal meetings will resume on January 12 and thereafter on the second Tuesday of each month. New and prospective new members are cordially invited.
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