Having filled up a bag of good stuff for the Salvation Army last week that they never came round to collect, I dropped this off at Sue Ryder Care in Rickmansworth AND THE STAFF MEMBER SAID THANK YOU!!! :-)
But that's not the only reason that I am fond of this charity. I met someone a while ago who was a close friend of Sue Ryder and the pair of them carried out work in Poland that was truly inspirational. From a charity point of view, I think talking to her was the first time I realised that you can make changes without being told by someone else what needs to be done and how to do it.
Sue Ryder's charity supports people with specialist palliative, end of life and long-term neurological care needs. They care for people living with cancer, multiple sclerosis, Huntington's disease, Parkinson's disease, motor neurone disease, stroke and brain injury.
The charity was named after Margaret Susan Cheshire (better known as Sue Ryder), who was the wife of Leonard Cheshire VC, the famous RAF pilot, who of course has his own charity named after him - Leonard Cheshire Disability (formerly the Leonard Cheshire Foundation).
Sue Ryder was made a life peer in 1979, being created Baroness Ryder of Warsaw, of Warsaw in Poland (thanks to her humanitarian work there, including arranging lorries of medical and food aid, when Communist rule collapsed. In the House of Lords, Ryder was involved in debates about defence, drug abuse, housing, medical services, unemployment and race relations.