Peterborough BGL’s deal with Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall hospice trains 360 healthcare workers

A major Peterborough employer has helped power the training of more than 360 healthcare workers for the area.

Friday, 31st January 2020, 3:44 pm
Sylvia Reid.

Insurance giant BGL Group has partnered with the Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice in Peterborough to provide volunteer fundraisers and cash.

Through the two year deal, BGL, which has 1,900 staff at its Orton Southgate and Bretton offices, has helped fund the training in palliative care through its BGL Make a Difference Fund.

The hospice has benefited from regular volunteering and fundraising by BGL staff and received £50,000 to fund a practice educator - Sylvia Reid- to deliver training in compassionate palliative care to healthcare workers in Peterborough and beyond.

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She said: “Thanks to the support of BGL, I have been able to increase my engagement with the wider healthcare community.

“I am delivering a variety of training programmes, education and support to Sue Ryder colleagues and our healthcare professionals and partners.”

She added: “Over the past year I’ve been working with Anglia Ruskin University and City College Peterborough to support students accessing the hospice who need clinical experience, held a palliative care seminar at the hospice for 60 local healthcare professionals and welcomed 75 GP trainees into the hospice on a GP Open Day to find out more about the expert palliative care we give and how they can access it.

“Also, I’ve been able to teach new national initiatives to Sue Ryder colleagues and local healthcare professionals too.

“None of this would be possible without the vital support of BGL.”

Caroline Raines, Director of Communications, BGL Group, said: “We are delighted to have made such a big difference to Sue Ryder as supporting the community is a core part of what we do at BGL.

“The success of this partnership is down to the commitment of our people who chose Sue Ryder as one of our five charity partners and they have fully embraced the fundraising and volunteering opportunities.”