Sue Ryder is a registered charity in the UK which raises money by selling donated second-hand clothing, vintage items, electrical appliances, furniture, toys, books, jewellery, accessories, bags, shoes, games and homewares. This money is used to support people with a terminal disease, a neurological condition, or others that are struggling to cope with the loss of a loved one. Through sales at their 400+ charity shops, their online store and donations, Sue Ryder needs to be able to raise at least £44 million per year to be able to cover the costs of keeping their services running.
Money raised allows them to operate more than 15 care centres in the UK and employ the nurses, nursing assistants and care assistants needed to provide their services. The wages of shop workers and other employees also comes from donations.
There are roughly 410 charity shops in the UK with London and other major cities having the most of them. Many smaller towns will also have a Sue Ryder charity shop located nearby and identifying them is incredibly simple due to their iconic and memorable blue logo which is designed on the signature of Sue Ryder, humanitarian and founder of the charity.
Mainly situated on high streets, Sue Ryder opening times are fairly standard right across the board. This is likely to change depending on specific situations and different branches but most of the time all of the Sue Ryder opening times are between 9AM to 5PM Monday to Saturday and will be closed on Sundays. Even inspirational charities such as Sue Ryder will have to abide by local regulations so you should expect the Sue Ryder opening hours to be reduced on holidays such as over Christmas, New Year’s Day, Boxing Day, Easter Monday, Good Friday and on bank holidays. You can find the Sue Ryder opening times of a branch near you online.
Here are five quick facts that many people do not know about the Sue Ryder charity:
Sue Ryder raises much of its money through its numerous charity shops located all across the UK. They sell furniture, electrical goods, clothing for men, women and children, toys, books and vintage goods which have all been donated to them by members of the public. Sold at low prices, the money raised then helps to keep the charity afloat so that they can continue to provide their expertise and services to those that are in need. Bulky furniture donated to them can be collected for free by the Sue Ryder shops and any donated item that needs refurbishing or a bit of a face lift will be performed by the skilled workers in their shops.
They also have a small number of specialist stores and even superstores located around the UK with the latter focusing on vintage and retro goods and the latter stocking a far wider range of goods. An online store and a separate eBay are also available for people to purchase goods from if they are not located near to a physical high street store.
Sue Ryder was a humanitarian that first started volunteering during the first world war. She was just 15-years old at the time but lied about her age so that she could volunteer with the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry. After the war, she continued to volunteer for relief work before being posted in Tunisia and then Italy for the second world war. Once WWII had finished, she again continued to volunteer for relief work in countries such as Poland.
She started the Sue Ryder Foundation in 1953 which initially supported concentration camp survivors, before then providing nursery care for the elderly, terminally ill and for those that had lost a loved one. She was awarded an OBE in 1957 and eventually passed away in 2000. The charity still lives in her name today and continues to flourish for those that need its support.