Sunday, 19 November 2017

Sue Ryder Christmas lunch

Sue Ryder Christmas lunch

Patients of Sue Ryder and their family and friends enjoyed a three-course Christmas lunch at a Henley eaterie. About 30 people tucked into duck and liver parfait, turkey with chestnut stuffing and a chocolate torte with coffee whipped cream at Strada in Bell Street on Tuesday. It’s the second time the restaurant has hosted the event following the success of last year’s inaugural lunch.

Day hospice patient Dorothy Attwood, 79, from Whitchurch, said: “It looks wonderful; people are so kind.” Brian Selman, 90, from Goring, said: “I think it’s Sue Ryder that’s kept me alive, their care and kindness. I can’t express my thanks enough.” Sally Veys, who lives off Fair Mile, Henley, with husband Carl, said: “It’s a very generous gesture — and to have someone cook it for us and do the washing-up!”

Nurse-led clinic patients Margaret Simister, Jo Langley, Paula Humm, and Debbie Lee also attended the lunch. Mrs Lee said: “It’s a bit more social than meeting at the hospice.” Hospice healthcare assistant Carley Brandwood said: “It’s about them enjoying a day like everybody else and making the most of that precious time they have left.” Karen Guy, the hospice’s head of clinical services, said: “I think it’s important to have some really positive images of what caring for people with life-limiting conditions can look like.”

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