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CAST is Essential, Says Sue Ryder

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CAST is Essential, Says Sue Ryder

Sue Ryder, one of the hospices in our area (which has received support from the Masonic Charitable Foundation for some years) points out the value that the volunteers of the CAST team (Community Action Support) brings. The hospice is reliant on fund raising events which they often could simply not hold without the practical help of Gloucestershire Freemasons.

“Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice provides a safe and reassuring hand for the people of Gloucestershire to reach for. Housing the only palliative care inpatient unit in the county, the hospice gives expert and compassionate care to people when they need it the most.

Through its inpatient unit as well as its Hospice at Home team, the hospice supports people who are living with life-limiting conditions, as well as their families. Our staff give people the compassionate expert care they need to help them live the best life possible.

 Families urgently need our support as they face the most difficult times of their lives. But the cost of being there is rising all the time.

Like many charities, the cost-of-living crisis is having a huge impact on Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice and with all of our services provided for free, our charity has worked hard to grow our exciting Gloucestershire fundraising events and challenges so we can continue to raise the vital funds needed – from zooming through the Cotswolds on bicycle in Ride for Ryder, jumping into freezing icy water at our Big Dip at Cheltenham Lido, racing mascots at the hallowed turf at the Cheltenham Races or becoming Gloucester Half Marathon’s official charity partner for 2024.

Despite the challenges of constantly rising costs, we continue to work tirelessly to reach even more people.

In March 2023, we launched our first Grief Kind Space in Gloucestershire – and now have four venues running across the county. The spaces offer free, informal peer-to-peer bereavement support to tackle grief loneliness and isolation.

Run by teams of trained volunteers, the groups are now well established, with outstanding feedback that our volunteers are making a real difference. New volunteers to the team receive such generous support from the more established volunteers sharing their experiences, that they quickly feel welcome and valued.

Word is spreading across Gloucestershire, and we have received requests from people wanting to set up their own Grief Kind Spaces in their community or their workplace.

For more information on Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice visit: Sue Ryder here

Volunteering at one of these events is often in the beautiful surroundings of the hospice in Leckhampton, doing something worthwhile with friends from other lodges.

Why not put your name forwards? Please refer to the CAST page on the Provincial website for a list of fixtures and details of how to apply. In case of any questions or difficulties please contact the Provincial Communications Officer on provcomoff@glosmasons.org.uk

 

 

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CAST is Essential, Says Sue Ryder