Margaret Susan Ryder – also known as Sue Ryder was awarded the title of honoris causa doctor by eight universities in England, she was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire as well as a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George. Sue Ryder has also been awarded an honours civil citizen of Warsaw, Konstancin – Jeziorny and Gdynia title. When World War II broke out, she was assigned to the Polish section of the Special Operations Executive. She joined the services in First Aid Nursing Yeomanry however, she was relocated to Poland where she worked till the end of the war. During her time in Poland she was taking care of soldiers fighting in the WWII. In 1943 she was posted to Tunisia and later to Italy. After the war, she was supporting former prisoners of Nazi camps and the rescued people sentenced to death in prison of Allied. She established the Sue Ryder Foundation which have set up many care homes, hospitals, hospices all over the world, there are 30 of them just in Poland.
During the 25th great finale of Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity in Bedford we will also be raising funds for Sue Ryder St. John’s Hospice in Moggerhanger. The hospice in Moggerhanger has a long history of supporting people who suffer from cancer, multiple sclerosis, Huntington’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, stroke, traumatic brain injuries and other diseases that are changing people’s life drastically and need specialised help.
We would like to encourage all of you to support this noble action.
Irena Sendler once said: ‘’You see a man drowning you must try to save him even if you cannot swim.’’