The team at Meter Ltd are delighted to be able to support our local community and charities. One of the charities close to my heart is Sue Ryder who supported my family when my Grandmother passed away. My family really appreciate the help we received and we are so happy to be able to give something back to this charity. This year we have worked with Sue Ryder and installed AMR devices free of charge at 9 of their sites. We hope this will help the charity to reduce their water usage and leakage and in the long run save some money.
Sue Ryder is one of the UK’s biggest providers of end of life care, looking after around 5,000 people a year. They have 9 hospices and 3 neurological centres across the UK and also provide services to patients in the comfort of their homes. The neurological centres support people who have a condition that affects their brain or nervous system. These services include residential care as well as respite and rehabilitation. Furthermore, the charity provides bereavement support to those who have lost loved ones including free video call counselling with qualified counsellors.
The charity was founded by Lady Sue Ryder, whose humanitarian work began in WWII when she worked as a nurse and then in the SOE. After the war she set up her first home for people who survived the concentration camps. Sue’s motto was – “Do what you can for the person in front of you” and this message lives on today through her charity.
Unfortunately, like many charities, Sue Ryder has suffered a lot as the result of Covid-19 and is has warned that their hospices are “on the brink of closure”. In April it announced that it was facing a £12m shortfall in funds due to the charity shop closures and fundraisers such as the London Marathon being cancelled. Moreover, the pandemic has put increased pressure on the charity’s services, as it has seen an 84% rise in demand for its online bereavement support and a growing waiting list for the video calling bereavement counselling service. Sue Ryder has been supporting the NHS throughout the coronavirus crisis as they have been admitting end of life patients with COVID-19 symptoms to their palliative care services.
In order to save the hospices and their other services, the charity has turned to the public for help to raise funds. To find out how to support and donate money to Sue Ryder, please visit their website: https://www.sueryder.org .