New service to help prevent loneliness for the terminally ill in Peterborough

Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall staff Rachel Henry, Carole Spridgeon, Margo Meehan, Jeanne Dyjkes and Nilesh Patel, with Tracey Rapley and Nadia Toomey from Morrisons, who will be fundraising for Sue Ryder EMN-141203-142947001

Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall staff Rachel Henry, Carole Spridgeon, Margo Meehan, Jeanne Dyjkes and Nilesh Patel, with Tracey Rapley and Nadia Toomey from Morrisons, who will be fundraising for Sue Ryder EMN-141203-142947001

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A funding boost for Sue Ryder in Peterborough will help the charity prevent loneliness for people who are terminally ill.

The Peterborough branch will be one of six nationally to get a share of £237,776 from the government.

The new funding, which was announced on Monday, will enable Sue Ryder to deliver a national ‘Befriending Service’ and help them to deliver compassionate support to people at the end of their lives and their families.

With the money they are to receive, Sue Ryder will be able to replicate the end of life Befriending Service it offers in West Berkshire across six other sites, with one of them being in Peterborough.

It is not yet known how much money Sue Ryder Peterborough, whose Thorpe Hall Hospice is in Thorpe Road, Longthorpe, will get from the overall share of the money or how the new service will operate.

Chief Executive of Sue Ryder, Heidi Travis, said: “We’re delighted with the announcement and will be using this funding to deliver a national Befriending Service for individuals who are at the end of life.

“Loneliness, isolation and fear are common feelings associated with end of life and our Befriending Service helps individuals in this situation to reconnect, builds up their confidence and self-esteem and also offers emotional and practical support.

“We may not be able to change the outcome but we can improve the experience and with this funding we will be able to help even more people across the UK.”