May 01, 2020 | Other

Supporting our community: Sue Ryder, Thorpe Hall Hospice

As part of the WU Foundation ambassador programme, where teams from Western Union back nominated charities, our employees in Peterborough have been working closely with the Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice.

The hospice supports those dealing with terminal illness or the loss of a loved one. As well as its specialist 20-bed inpatient unit, it gives care in people’s own homes and supports individuals living with long-term conditions through its day services.

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On Saturday 13th June, Western Union Business Solutions were due to have 2 teams taking part in this year’s Dragon Boat Festival at Peterborough Rowing Club. More than 40 teams were expected to compete the 200 metre course, watched by several thousand spectators. Unfortunately this event was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Dragon Boat Festival is Sue Ryder’s biggest charity event of the year. At this uncertain time and with a daily running cost of £9,000, the impact of this cancellation will be significant on the services that the hospice can provide. Our team is therefore calling for help, internally within the Western Union employee community, as well as externally.

Quick insight into the Sue Ryder's work:

• It costs Sue Ryder £48 million a year to keep their services running.
• They provide 2.2 million hours of care to thousands of people every year.
• 80p in every £1 spent goes towards their expert patient care
• Around 1000 doctors and nurses help Sue Ryder to provide palliative, neurological and bereavement support across the country
• £500 could pay for a bed for a day of inpatient care for a hospice patient
• They have over 9,000 volunteers at their shops, hospices and neurological care centres
• Around a third of their fundraised income comes from gifts in wills. This income pays for the equivalent of around 27 hospice beds every year
• Their online community provides information and peer support for those who have lost a loved one. This community supported over 135,000 people in 2018-2019.

You can still help support our efforts by visiting our JustGiving page:

On Feb. 14, Western Union and the Western Union Foundation announced a USD $1M global matching challenge to help fight COVID-19 worldwide. The combined Western Union and Western Union Foundation match will be up to USD $500,000, and will go toward supplies, equipment and frontline medical aid. For more information visit the Western Union COVID-19 Resource Centre.