SoGlos announces Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice as its Charity of the Year 2023

Transforming how people in Gloucestershire are looked after at the end of their lives through expert palliative care and compassionate support, the wonderful Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice has been named SoGlos's Charity of the Year for 2023.

By Annabel Lammas  |  Published

SoGlos is delighted to announce Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice as its Charity of the Year for 2023.

Throughout the year, SoGlos is partnering with the charity to help raise awareness of the incredible work it does to provide expert and compassionate palliative care as the only specialist inpatient unit in Gloucestershire.

Based in Leckhampton on the outskirts of Cheltenham, the hospice supports hundreds of local people with terminal illnesses, as well as their family and friends, every year.

It's home to Gloucestershire's only specialist palliative beds giving round-the-clock care, and also has a fast-growing Hospice at Home service, providing palliative care to people in the comfort of their own homes.

Supporting patients and their families through thick and thin, there's also a 24-hour patient phone line; vibrant outpatient and community services; family support team; and a volunteer befriending team to help people with terminal illnesses overcome loneliness and isolation.

Its specialist, multi-disciplinary team of Sue Ryder Nurses, doctors, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, spiritual support and family support workers – alongside an army of dedicated volunteers – do all they can to support people to live the fullest lives possible.

And the whole team is thrilled to be chosen as SoGlos's Charity of the Year for 2023.

Elise Hoadley, service director at Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice, said: 'Having the support of SoGlos means the world to us all and is hugely humbling.

'With the support of SoGlos we hope we can raise vital funds and awareness over the coming year so our care teams can continue to do all they can to make room for the things that matter to our patients - like spending time with loved ones, sharing memories and filling their final days with love. Thank you from us all at Sue Ryder for your amazing support, SoGlos.'

Jonathon Welbeck-Pure, who heads up the Hospice at Home team, added: 'To have the support of SoGlos brings us a brilliant and unique opportunity to really bust some myths about what palliative care is. It will also help us reach more people to really showcase the vital services Sue Ryder provides, like our Hospice at Home team which provides the same care given in our inpatient unit in the comfort and familiarity of people’s homes.

'People are hesitant of hospices as they think they deal with death, but from the moment people first start to receive palliative care right through to needing end of life care, hospices are focused on the very precious time in between – life. And here at Sue Ryder we do all we can to help people live the best lives they possibly can.'

Alongside its vital care, Sue Ryder is campaigning to create a nation that is 'Grief Kind', equipping people with the knowledge and confidence to support family members and friends through a bereavement through its Grief Kind campaign.

For more information about Sue Ryder, visit

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