Sue Ryder (charity)

Sue Ryder is a British palliative care and bereavement support charity based in London. 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 bereaving the loss of a loved one. The charity was renamed Sue Ryder Care in 1996, before adopting its current name in 2011.

Sue Ryder
Formation1953 (1953)
FounderSue Ryder
Registration no.England and Wales: 1052076
Scotland: SC039578
Headquarters183 Eversholt Street, London, NW1 1BU
ServicesPalliative care
Bereavement support
Key people
Heidi Travis (CEO)
Sarah Gigg (Director of Nursing)
Paul Perkins (Chief Medical Director)
£107.67 million (2018)[1]
3,132 (2018)[1]
15,832 (2018)[1]
Formerly called
The Sue Ryder Foundation
Sue Ryder Care

Care centres

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 are bereaving the death of a loved one, through face-to-face services in its centres and also as an online service, as part of a bespoke online community.[3] Sue Ryder care centres are currently operated in the following areas:

The charity also provides home-based neurological care in the Scottish areas of Angus and Stirling.[15][16]


Sue Ryder's income was £49.6 million during the year ending 31 March 2018, which included £26.9 million from NHS and local authority funding, and £20.7 million from fundraising campaigns and retail sales (both online and in the charity's 449 shops).[17] The income was used for providing 2.5 million hours of care to over 97,000 people in the UK.[17] In addition to full-time staff, the charity currently has more than 11,000 volunteers supporting its work across the UK, which in 2017/18 accounted for an estimated £30.2 million worth of work.[17] 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.[18]

Sue Ryder launched its Prisoner Volunteer Programme in 2006.[19] It works with around 40 prisons nationwide offering work experience in 100 locations, including offices, shops and warehouses.[20] The programme has won a number of awards, including the Education and Training award at Civil Society's Charity Awards in 2013.[21] 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.[22]


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.[23] After enlisting "around 1,000" volunteers as part of the scheme, Sue Ryder later promised a "phased withdrawal" due to online protests.[24] The charity later released a statement explaining that they had chosen to withdraw in order to "protect staff from an online campaign of harassment".[25]

See also


  1. "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 (Angus)". Sue Ryder. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
  16. "Homecare - Scotland (Stirling)". Sue Ryder. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
  17. "Sue Ryder Trustees' Report and Accounts 2017–18" (PDF). Sue Ryder. September 2018. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
  18. "What type of volunteer roles do you offer?". Sue Ryder. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
  19. Leverton, Marc (28 October 2009). "Prisoners thrive on retail therapy". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
  20. "An evaluation of the Sue Ryder Prison Volunteer Programme" (PDF). The Bromley Trust. November 2012. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
  21. "Charity Award for Sue Ryder". ehospice. 20 June 2013. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
  22. "Sue Ryder charity shop to use homeless volunteers". BBC. 23 May 2014. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
  23. Jones, Ros Wynne (22 May 2013). "Enforced volunteering of workfare is against ethical nature of charities". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
  24. Mair, Vibeka (25 February 2013). "Sue Ryder leaves unpaid work experience scheme after online protest". Civil Society. Retrieved 25 November 2019.
  25. 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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