Lady Sue Ryder of Warsaw: Single-minded philanthropist

Lady Sue Ryder of Warsaw: Single-minded philanthropist

By: Tessa West (author)Paperback

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There are hundreds of Sue Ryder charity shops throughout the UK, but few shoppers sorting through racks of jackets or piles of paperbacks know much about their founder. Sue Ryder was a determined, philanthropic and driven woman who set about creating homes for those in desperate need of care. The suffering of most of her patients was the result of trauma experienced in WW2, or from serious disability or illness. Sue Ryder was born into a very privileged family. When she was only sixteen years old, she chose to leave her expensive private school and throw herself into the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry. This was the beginning of her vocational career and led to an affection for the people of Poland, who she cared for during Special Operations Executive work. In the post-WW2 chaos she supported displaced people in a range of European countries. She worked directly in the field, sourcing and supplying food, medicine and clothing for those who were otherwise entirely abandoned. She constantly needed money for her work but her shops and radio appeals raised some, and local authorities made financial contributions. Eventually she opened homes and hospices in places as diverse as Malawi, Albania and Wales. Sue Ryder made a huge and positive difference to the lives of thousands, despite - or perhaps because of - having a character which could, at times, be as obsessive and downright difficult as it could be creative and inspiring. Over the years she was awarded various civic, military and academic honours, including being made a life peer in 1979. Sue Ryder was brought up to help others and she committed her life to doing so. This book is written so that Sue Ryder's name, work and life are known about and not forgotten.

About Author

Tessa West trained to be a primary school teacher though soon found herself working in prisons rather than in schools. She won a Winston Churchill Travel Fellowship which enabled her to visit prisons in Scandinavia, and this experience opened up her career and led to her going on to study for two MAs. Since her retirement she has focused on writing. She received a grant from the Arthur Welton Foundation while writing her biography of John Howard the prison reformer. Lady Sue Ryder of Warsaw is her second biography.


Ch 1 Childhood; Ch 2 FANY and SOE; Ch 3 Audley End and Cichociemni; Ch 4 Voyage to North Africa, On to Italy, The End of the War; Ch 5 But Some There Be; Ch 6 Life in the Camps, and A Visit to Suffolk; Ch 7 Relief Work; Ch 8 Boys, and Driving; Ch 9 Start of the Foundation, and Shops; Ch 10 St Christopher; Ch 11 Early Days at Cavendish; Ch 12 Early Days at Konstancin, and Management Style; Ch 13 Leonard Cheshire; Ch 14 Publicity and Recognition; Ch 15 Joining Forces, and India; Ch 16 Holidays, and The Work Goes On; Ch 17 Raphael Thrives, Sue Ryder's Personality and, A Consul's Impressions; Ch 18 Marriage, Back to Cavendish, and Hickleton and Homes; Ch 19 Children, More Homes, Remembrance and Concerts; Ch 20 Tales from Two Volunteers, and More Publicity; Ch 21 Sad Events; Ch 22 Autobiographies, Homes and Plaudits; Ch 23 Lochnagar, Museum, and The Lords; Ch 24 Family Week in Rome, and Friendship with Poland; Ch 25 Cheshire's lllness and Death, and Carrying On; Ch 26 Division, and Sue Ryder's Death; Ch 27 Obituaries, Memorials, Continuations, The Will and End Word

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  • ISBN13: 9780856835209
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 288
  • ID: 9780856835209
  • ISBN10: 085683520X

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