Sue Ryder (charity)

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Sue Ryder
Formation1953; 70 years ago (1953)
FounderSue Ryder
Registration no.1052076 (England & Wales),
SC039578 (Scotland)
Legal statusCharity
FocusPalliative, neurological and bereavement support
HeadquartersKings House, King Street, Sudbury, Suffolk CO10 2ED
  • United Kingdom
Chief Executive
Heidi Travis
Key people
Dr Rima Makarem
Chair of Trustees
£107.67 million (2018)[1]
3,132 (2018)[1]
15,832 (2018)[1]
Formerly called
The Sue Ryder Foundation;
Sue Ryder Care

Sue Ryder is a British palliative, neurological and bereavement support charity based in the United Kingdom. Formed as The Sue Ryder Foundation in 1953 by World War II Special Operations Executive volunteer Sue Ryder, the organisation provides care and support for people living with terminal illnesses and neurological conditions, as well as individuals who are coping with a bereavement. The charity was renamed Sue Ryder Care in 1996, before adopting its current name in 2011.

Care centres[edit]

Sue Ryder's neurological care centre The Chantry in Chantry Park, Ipswich.

Sue Ryder supports people living with life-limiting and long-term conditions including brain injury, cancer, dementia, strokes, multiple sclerosis, Huntington's disease, Parkinson's disease and motor neuron disease.[2] It operates specialist palliative care centres, care centres for people with complex conditions, homecare services and a growing number of community-based services. The charity also offers support to people who have suffered a bereavement, through face-to-face services in its centres and also as an online service, as part of a bespoke Online Bereavement Community and Online Bereavement Counselling Service.[3] Sue Ryder hospices and neurological care centres are currently operated in the following areas:

The charity also provides home-based neurological care in Stirling.[15]


Sue Ryder has over 400 charity shops in the UK, which provide significant income annually.

Sue Ryder's income was £53.9 million during the year ending 31 March 2020, which included £29.7 million from NHS and local authority funding, and £22 million from fundraising campaigns and retail sales (both online and in the charity's 400 shops).[16] The income was used for providing 2.2 million hours of care to people in the UK.[16] In addition to full-time staff, the charity currently has more than 10,000 volunteers supporting its work across the UK.[16] Volunteering roles cover many areas of the charity's work, including administration, catering, transport, gardening, fundraising, finance, retail, photography, events coordination, cleaning, research, befriending and bereavement support.[17]

Sue Ryder launched its Prisoner Volunteer Programme in 2006.[18] It works with around 40 prisons nationwide offering work experience in 100 locations, including offices, shops and warehouses.[19] The programme has won a number of awards, including the Education and Training award at Civil Society's Charity Awards in 2013.[20] In 2014, the charity opened a shop in Slough which offered staff roles to homeless people in partnership with the organisation Slough Homeless Our Concern.[21]


In February 2013, Sue Ryder was criticised alongside other charitable organisations for taking part in the UK Government's workfare scheme, in which people living on benefits were instructed to attend unpaid work at various companies and charities, at the risk of otherwise losing their benefits.[22] After enlisting "around 1,000" volunteers as part of the scheme, Sue Ryder later promised a "phased withdrawal" due to online protests.[23] The charity later released a statement explaining that they had chosen to withdraw in order to "protect staff from an online campaign of harassment".[24]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Sue Ryder". Charity Commission. Retrieved 14 November 2019.
  2. ^ "New Sue Ryder shop opens in Bury St Edmunds". Bury Free Press. 30 April 2014. Archived from the original on May 2, 2014. Retrieved 25 May 2014.
  3. ^ "What bereavement support do Sue Ryder offer?". Sue Ryder. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
  4. ^ "Sue Ryder Neurological Care Centre Dee View Court". Sue Ryder. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
  5. ^ "Leckhampton Court Hospice". Sue Ryder. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
  6. ^ "Sue Ryder Neurological Care Centre Lancashire". Sue Ryder. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
  7. ^ "Sue Ryder Neurological Care Centre The Chantry". Sue Ryder. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
  8. ^ "Wheatfields Hospice". Sue Ryder. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
  9. ^ "St John's Hospice". Sue Ryder. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
  10. ^ "South Oxfordshire Palliative Care Hub". Sue Ryder. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
  11. ^ "Manorlands Hospice". Sue Ryder. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
  12. ^ "Thorpe Hall Hospice". Sue Ryder. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
  13. ^ "Duchess of Kent Hospice". Sue Ryder. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
  14. ^ "Sue Ryder Neurological Care Centre Stagenhoe". Sue Ryder. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
  15. ^ "Homecare - Scotland (Stirling)". Sue Ryder. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
  16. ^ a b c "Sue Ryder Trustees' Report and Accounts 2019–20" (PDF). Sue Ryder. March 2021. Retrieved 24 May 2021.
  17. ^ "What type of volunteer roles do you offer?". Sue Ryder. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
  18. ^ Leverton, Marc (28 October 2009). "Prisoners thrive on retail therapy". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
  19. ^ "An evaluation of the Sue Ryder Prison Volunteer Programme" (PDF). The Bromley Trust. November 2012. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
  20. ^ "Charity Award for Sue Ryder". ehospice. 20 June 2013. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
  21. ^ "Sue Ryder charity shop to use homeless volunteers". BBC. 23 May 2014. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
  22. ^ Jones, Ros Wynne (22 May 2013). "Enforced volunteering of workfare is against ethical nature of charities". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
  23. ^ Mair, Vibeka (25 February 2013). "Sue Ryder leaves unpaid work experience scheme after online protest". Civil Society. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
  24. ^ Malik, Shiv (27 February 2013). "Activists are intimidating charities into quitting work scheme, says DWP". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 November 2019.

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