A Sue Ryder hospice volunteer is encouraging others to give back and help the charity continue to be there when it matters

Shares Sue Matson, from Peterborough, started as a fundraising volunteer for Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice 14 years ago after the team provided end-of-life care for her younger sister Alison.  

“By giving my time at charity events I know that I am doing my bit to ensure that other people can have the same kind of care from Sue Ryder my family and I had.”  

Sue helps out at a variety of the charity’s fundraisers, as well at Sue Ryder’s special winter remembrance event, Celebrate a Life.

With a whole host of events planned throughout the year, she is encouraging others to get involved and join her as part of the volunteering team, giving back to charity, and helping to raise vital funds to support Sue Ryder’s palliative care and bereavement support services.  

Sue said: “My little sister was cared for at Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice in 2009. She was only 40 with a loving husband and two little boys. The hospice team was able to take the fear away from the boys, and as a family, we were given the time to make treasured memories.

“They were just amazing so that’s when I started supporting the hospice, and my Aunt Jean and I decided to become part of the volunteer fundraising team with our family’s support.  

“Having that personal knowledge of why Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice is so special it’s easy to connect with people when they tell you their own experience.

"While working on a tombola, bucket collecting or just giving out leaflets people want to share their story, so we make sure there is enough people to listen and chat, ensuring they always leave us with a smile on their face knowing their loved one had been looked after."  

For more information visit: www.sueryder/volunteer  or apply directly via: sueryder.org/support-us/volunteer/quick-apply