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  • Win 30 Ukuleles & Bags for your local school!!!!

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    To celebrate going back to school – we have an incredible prize to give away of 30 Ukuleles and bags for your school...

    Worth over £500, your local school can make beautiful music with our amazing Ukuleles!

    To enter our incredible competition via Facebook

    •  - Like our page
    •  - Comment with the school you wish to nominate
    •  - Share the post

     

    Or to enter via Twitter:

    Retweet our post using the hashtag - #Ukuleles4schools & nominate a school  of your choice!

    The competition is open to all Nurseries & Schools in the UK!

    Closing date – Midnight 29th September 2014

    The winning school will be randomly selected from all entries and will receive a selection of 30 of our Ukuleles and Bags!

    Please share as far and wide as you can - the more people nominate your school, the higher chance they have to win!

    Good Luck :)

     

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  • Summer Photo Shoot 2014

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    Summer Photo Shoot at Thorny Cottage

    Our summer photo shoot took place recently and we had a fantastic time taking all of our newest products to a little cottage in Northamptonshire.

    We were lucky enough to come across Thorny Cottage when we were looking for a location for a product photo shoot for our online charity shop for Sue Ryder - shop.sueryder.org

    The owners couldn't have been more helpful and we had had a fantastic couple of days there taking pictures for our new collections for our website!

    The cottage itself is stunning, a beautifully renovated cow shed transformed in to the perfect holiday cottage. Everywhere was absolutely immaculately clean and spotless and the furniture was gorgeous! Chunky handmade beds with crisp white linen, a beautiful kitchen and bathroom and amazing outdoor spaces – it looked amazing with our products and gave a real sense of home and how people might use our collections.

    We were able to get some fantastic pictures inside and out and the owners were brilliant... suggesting spaces we could use, bring farm fresh milk for our cuppas and even lending us props when we had forgotten to bring things!

    We shot pictures for our summer living collections, new musical instruments, wedding gifts, baking equipment, white wicker furniture and outdoor collections.

    Here are a few pictures from the shoot….

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    and-then-we-took-over Summer Living & Outdoor Collections...

    and a few more...

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    Christmas photos...

    We can't wait to go back to the cottage for our Christmas shoot and get the log burner going and seeing it during the colder months - it's definitely the perfect cosy cottage! All of us wanted to stay there but duty calls and we had to leave!

    The team would all thoroughly recommend this hidden gem of a cottage, and of course the ever so helpful family who helped us and donated the use of their lovely cottage to us to take over for a few days...

    Many thanks…

    The Sue Ryder Online Shop Team

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  • Create a caption competition…

    Create a caption competition…

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    Can you create a caption for this cute greetings card?

    We are looking for a caption for this greetings card which will then form part of our new goods greeting's card range.

    The caption could be anything (within reason) and could be to do with any occasion – think birthdays, holidays, happy times, sad times, thinking of you and more – this is completely down to you!

    The competition is open to everybody and the only stipulation is that is must be under 130 characters (including spaces) and it must fit in the space either above or below the picture. Please use the hashtag - #suerydercomp to enter

    Do you have any great ideas?

    If you do, please follow and tweet us on either our Sue Ryder New Goods Twitter account - @SueRyderNew or on Facebook - facebook.com/SueRyderNew using the hashtag #suerydercomp by Friday 18th July 2014

    The Prize:

    The winner will be chosen by the new goods team and the prize is a £25 gift voucher to use on our new goods website!

    So if you can think of something great to say on this card – we can’t wait to hear it!

    Good Luck

    The Sue Ryder Online shop Team

     

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  • 15 ways to spoil your dad this Fathers Day

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    Fathers Day

    Fathers Day, like so many of our modern celebration days, was originally conceived in the USA as a compliment to the popular Mothers Day celebration (which has its origins in the church). See our Mothers Day BLOG for details.

    Interestingly, it was opposed for decades by the powers that be, for fear it would become a commercial opportunity for the big corporates and therefore loose its significance as a day of thanks (which has obviously happened - as these things often do!)

    It is traditionally a day to recognize fathers and a way of saying thank you for all the lovely things they do for their children over the year. However, it has become the norm to give gifts on Fathers Day, which is lovely in itself, but here at Sue Ryder we thought we would mix it up a bit and give some ideas for Fathers Day that go beyond the traditional gift - in to the realms of the more thoughtful!!!

    Basically - how can you spoil your dad with more than just pressies (but with a few little treats too - because everyone loves treats!)

    So here is a list of 15 ways to spoil your dad this Fathers day that will earn you serious brownie points for months to come!

     

    Sooooo... 15 ways to spoil your dad this Fathers Day

    1: Hip Flask - £4.99

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    One of the most traditional gifts you can get, to stainless steel hip flask will go down a treat (especially if you get a bottle of his favorite tipple too!)

    2: Sports Mad dads...

    How about an early Fathers Day treat by giving him full rein of the remote control on Saturday night!  The 14th is the England vs Italy  game in the World Cup and kick off is at 11.00pm.... Provide a few of his favorite drinks and snacks and you will be his number one daughter for a looooong time!

     

    3: Service Bell £3.99

    For those of you brave enough to offer your services for the whole day, this vintage service bell would make a great novelty gift! Just give it to dad in the morning and he can ring whenever he needs something!

    *WARNING* Not for the faint hearted.... This product may result in desire to dispose of it in creative ways if dad dings it too much! 

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    4: Make your own card...

    There is nothing more special than a home made card! We are not just talking about little kids either (although a home made card is a necessity for small children!)

    Grown up's can make cards too and trust us- it will be so much fun colouring, gluing and sticking you will have so much fun making it!  (Your dad will also hopefully appreciate the time and effort you put in.. we live in hope!)  

    5: Newtons Cradle - £2.99

    The ultimate retro desk accessory.... apparently the the pendulum sound in motion helps to aid creativity, focus and relaxation... just what every hardworking dad needs!

    If all else fails, it might send him to sleep and give you a break from the service bell above!

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    6: Pub Grub!!!

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    They say the way to a mans heart is through his stomach... so what better way to show you care than taking dad out for a nice pub lunch! He gets a nice pub dinner, and you don't have cook or wash up! Happy days for everybody!

    7: Frame a picture...

    Choose one of your favorite pictures of you and your dad (or your children and their dad) for a special, personal gift that he will love!

    In these days of digital photography, many pictures get lots in the depths of the computer and never get to see the light of day. A great picture, already framed is one of the best presents (in our opinion)... just make sure its a good one of you both because its bound to take pride of place in the house!

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    8: Cook his favorite dinner, pudding or both! 

    If the pub option above is out for one reason or another... how about cooking his favorite dinner? Sundays are not just for roast dinners so it could literally be anything! Steak and chips, a big plate of spaghetti bolognaise, sausage and mash, treacle sponge and custard, banana split or even a pile of chips and dips with a beer! Anything goes as long as its his favorite.

    (If you have small children, get them to help too - although you might have to keep on top of quality control and hand washing to keep it edible!)

    9: Gift of Music - Ukuleles from £14.99

    There is literally nothing more fun than siting down with a Ukulele and having a a little strum.

    Choose a colour (maybe a bag too) and watch dad turn in to a big kid as he tries to play his favorite tune on it!

    Top Tip... If he channels his inner 'embarrassing dad' and tries to play a rock tune or something, be sure to film it to share at your next gathering, or even better - on social media to ensure everyone gets to share in his special talents! 

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    10: Bottomless Coffee or Tea

    So if he likes his tea and coffee, how about a promise to keep him topped up all day? You could even get him one of these cool mugs too...

    Mugs from £3.99 - £5.99

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    11: Sweets - £6.99

    Who can resist the lure of delicious sweets from their childhood? Think Fizzer rolls, Parma Violets, Love Hearts, Fruity Pops, Drumsticks, Double Lollies and Refresher Chews.... the perfect gift for dads who like sweeties... yummy!

    *WARNING - may produce 'Kid in a Candy Shop Syndrome'. If he refuses to share and eats them all in one go and gets a sugar high, send him to his room to think about moderation and sharing with others.... especially you! 

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    12: Make your own car - £3.99

    The ultimate boys toy.... stand back whilst dad reverts to childhood to build this mini masterpiece. Concentration will be at an all time high and a seriousness atmosphere will fill the room during the building phase of this important project.

    *Warning - dad will probably want this displayed prominently somewhere after to showcase his master engineering skills. If you don't fancy this taking pride of place on your mantelpiece for years to come, you may need to identify an alternative 'special place' for it to live. 

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    13: Arts & Crafts with the kids from 99p (for dads with little ones)

    It's not unusual for dads to request 'me time' on Fathers Day, which is fine for a little bit ... BUT....  Fathers Day is a celebration of Fatherhood so we think that this means spending quality time with your little people!

    So for a 'special present for dad' why not treat them to a selection of arts and crafts? Lay out a table full of sticky stuff and paints and let them get creative! The children will love it and we are 99.9% positive dad will love it too...

    If you're stuck for inspiration, we have a great range of arts and crafts kits from just 99 pence!

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    (Last warning.... arts and crafts may result in the appearance of 'competitive dad'. This will involve dad trying to out-do the children with his creations, and he will require lots of praise for his work... you have been warned!) 

    14: Call him...

    If none of the above is possible for one reason or another, then nothing beats a nice phone call with your dad.

    Remember that old BT advert where the daughter calls and her dad goes to put her on to her mum and she says no, she wants to speak to him? That's a really happy face he has there and sometimes its easy to speak to mum on the phone (women like to chat - funny that) and forget about poor old dad!

    We're sure a phone call will make his day and yours too!

    15: Remember him...

    Finally, if you have lost your dad, then Fathers Day can be a hard day all round. You might not be able to spend time with your dad, but you can remember him in your own ways...

    Conversations about him, funny stories, happy memories, a visit to his resting place, a toast with his favorite drink or something else personal to you and your family... are all lovely ways to celebrate your dads life.

    However you choose to remember him, we hope a little moment of remembering your dad brings not just a few tears, but also some smiles and laughter as you remember the happy times. 

     

    And to everyone celebrating Fathers Day this year, try and remember ... they might drive you bonkers, and they might still treat you like a child... but everyone deserves spoiling once in a while, and what better excuse than Fathers Day?

    Have a fabulous day from all of us at the Sue Ryder Online Shop Team!

     

    Competition - win these lovely prizes...

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    We have a fantastic competition running over on Facebookto win lots of lovely presents for Fathers Day... all you have to do is:

    • Like our page
    • Share the post
    • Tell us why your dad is / was the best dad in the world!

    Good Luck!!!

    Whatever you choose to do, we wish all the lovely dads a Happy Fathers days! 

    The Sue Ryder Online Shop Team

     

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  • Handmade Competition Winners

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    Introducing the winners of our Sue Ryder 'Handmade' competition...

    A few months ago we had an idea... we wanted to feature a collection of handmade products on our website and so our competition began.

    We held a competition on our Facebook page where we invited professional crafters to submit their products to the public vote.

    The ten products with the most votes went on to feature in a special 'Handmade Gifts' category on the website and they are on sale from today!

    We absolutely love all of the products and we are really excited to see them featured on the website!

    Meet the winners...

    And so in no particular order - here are the winners and winning products of our 'Handmade' competition... well done to everyone and thank you to everyone that voted! Also don't forget, 100% off the profit raised from the sale of these handmade items goes towards providing more incredible care!!

     

    Sarah Patterson

    Sarah Patterson at Thingamaboo has created the pretty cake bunting for the Handmade competition. She is a huge fan of cake and the bunting is one if her favourite things to make. Thingamaboo creates 'all things pretty' and specialise in wooden decor from little hanging decorations to large signs. Sarah is based in the East of England and situated right in between beautiful countryside and quaint seaside towns. Along with old movies, these places are where Sarah takes her inspiration from for her Thingamaboo creations.
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    ‘Sewn by Rachael’

    ‘Sewn by Rachael’ creates free machine embroidered pieces that can be customised and personalised.  Free machine embroidery transforms the traditional, sturdy sewing machine into a fluid ‘Etch-a-sketch’, with continuous lines and the freedom to manipulate and glide the needle to create pictures.  I enjoy the drawing aspect of free machine embroidery and having never been a fan of colouring in, I use blocks of colour and pattern in the form of fabric appliquéd onto the scene.

    My inspiration comes from the world around me, with two young boys, I’m always out and about, seeing more things to inspire my work! I particularly enjoy collaborating with people to design their own commission and ideas to create a personalised unique piece of free machine embroidery.

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    Yasmin and Siobhan

    We are Yasmin and Siobhan, two vintage lovers with nimble fingers and an eye for detail that has led to a growing collection of handmade and vintage items in our homes!

    We love being able to create something new from treasures we’ve found at vintage flea markets, shops or on our travels and so we set up Lost, Found, ReMade as the perfect way to combine our passions for vintage and crafting! We wanted to create items that gave a new lease of life to beautiful, but sometimes overlooked, vintage homeware.

    We lovingly transform gorgeous vintage china into stylish, one-of-a-kind cakestands, candles and clocks. We also stock vintage homeware including quirky dinner sets, retro glassware, mid-century tea & coffee sets and novelty vintage shot glasses!

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    Little Bluebird Boutique – Trudie Munn 

    It’s an absolute honour to be involved with Sue Ryder’s new handmade section – hopefully the Little Bluebird elephant bags help to raise money for a wonderful cause!

    Little Bluebird is all about making special things for special people – that means you! After becoming addicted to freehand machine embroidery (it’s like drawing with your sewing machine!!) Trudie found there was no limit to what could be stitched on to her products. Trudie likes making new things and trying new ideas on the sewing machine, so you’ll always find something you like.Trudie’s little four-legged helper in her sewing room is Murphy the Lurcher – she discusses all new designs with him. He thinks all of her ideas are great! Lots of Little Bluebird products can be personalised, so if there’s something special you would like just get in touch via the Little Bluebird website, or Facebook.

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    Trimmed with Love

    I am a designer and weaver based in Haworth, West Yorkshire. Whilst studying Textile Design at Loughborough University I specialised in passementerie and hand-woven trimmings. This led me to design for an exciting new brand called Trimmed with Love.

    Trimmed with Love specialise in bespoke passementerie, in particular hand-woven trims. The art of passementerie is an age-old technique which we have adapted to fit a contemporary market. Trimmed with Love offer a range of trims, all of which are designed and woven in the long-established textile mill based in Haworth West Yorkshire.

    The delicate hand-woven garters are part of the Wedding Collection which includes a variety of beautiful hand-woven products. The designs were inspired by the variety of intricate patterns found on a collection of antique Czech perfume bottles. The Wedding Collection also includes items such as ring cushions and napkin rings. Our trims can be used to enhance the occasion with a high-quality, personal and co-ordinated finish.

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    Fallen Chic

    Fallen Chic make gorgeous hand painted doors for decorations to add magic and excitement and aid children's imaginations

    Alex is inspired by her childhood, a love of fairies and of course her own children.

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    Marie Holt

    I’m Marie, a freelance surface pattern designer; for a long as I can remember I’ve always dreamed of starting a successful independent business; creating patterns which people love and want to continue to buy. The inspiration for my work comes from my surroundings and the places I visit. I focus on three main patterns- bikes, boats and elephants, which have all been inspired from my trip around South East Asia; they were my forms of travel while I was out there! These designs have been printed onto various home-ware products and stationary items which have been handmade and hand screen printed in a range of sizes and colours.

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    Evie Milo - Milomade

    I'm a designer/maker based in Fife Scotland and the person behind the wonderful world of creative recycling that is Milomade. From my windswept, cliff-side studio I have created a range of original and unusual jewellery, stationery, accessories and decorations handcrafted with love and skill from salvaged silver, reclaimed copper, vintage buttons and secondhand paper finds. Many of my products evoke the nostalgia of our childhoods: the colourful treasures of our grandmother’s button box, the comics we used to read, the maps used to plot interminable family journeys. Even a simple silver teaspoon has a tale to tell. Did it stir the tea of a grand lady in a castle, or feed a baby her first meal? Did it lie forgotten at the back of a dusty drawer or sail the seven seas before coming to Scotland in a sailor’s pocket? If you are looking for something unique or extra special, something high quality that is meticulously designed and stands out from the monotony of mass manufacture, why not browse through the Milomade product range now and find a unique treasure or keepsake that speaks only to you and your memories. It may be an item of jewellery, eco friendly stationery, funky accessory or something to brighten up your home.

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  • Bring your garden to life...

    Its that time of year again...

    Up and down the country, people are starting to wake up to the distant drum of lawn mowers and the sound of children playing in the garden.

    There is nothing more lovely than feeling the world starting to wake up in spring time.  Windows and doors are being left open to let the warm breeze in, reluctant partners are being dragged around garden centers to look for exciting ways in which we can enjoy our gardens, and others are getting excited about spring and planting out their crops for the summer.

    Whichever camp you fall in to, we have some fantastic collections for the garden this year in the Sue Ryder Online Shop.

    From statues to bird feeders and children's gardening supplies to garden party essentials, we have something for everyone - come take a look...

    Statues....from £3.49

    Our collection of hard wearing resin garden statues are made to last and survive the toughest of winters. We have beautiful Angels,  Buddhas, gorgeous rock owls and traditional tree-men, all of which will help bring your garden to life...which would you like to see in your garden?

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    Feed the birds...

    There is nothing more relaxing than sitting in your garden and watching the birds fly in and out, eating all the little treats we leave out for them. Our lovely bird feeders can hold treats, water and whole fruits and with 50% off all of our beautiful bird feeders - you can feed the birds for just £4.99.

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    Party people...

    Do you like to party through the warmer months? We have a lovely collection of glass jam jar candle holders in three beautiful colours for just £1.99! We think they would look gorgeous strewn up and down the garden in the evenings, maybe even with some citronella candles in to keep the bugs away...

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    And if you like your drinks kept nice and cool, we have this delightful matching ice bucket, perfect for holding a nice bottle of wine in to sip in the warm evenings or keeping lots of ice ready for cool drinks... just £4.99.

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    Little green fingers...

    Most children love nothing more than to help out in the garden, pottering around digging holes and helping the grown ups with important jobs! We have a fantastic collection of children's gardening supplies starting from just £1.99 on the website - perfectly proportioned for little helping hands.

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    Have a lovely summer...

    However you choose to enjoy your garden this year, we hope everyone has a lovely summer!

    Also don't forget to follow us on Social Media to keep up to date with new products and special offers... we often hold competitions on Facebook to win lots of lovely prizes and you will be the first to know about all our special offers!

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  • Thinking of buying a Guitar?

    Sue Ryder Guitar Buyers Guide

    There is nothing quite like picking up a guitar and playing one of your favourite songs…  either with friends, by yourself or playing lead or bass in a band. Whatever level you’re at, we have a superb range of Guitars & accessories, especially for those who want to learn to play for the first time.

     

    Our online shop offers a complete range of student and entry level guitar products, along with a comprehensive range of guitar accessories, in a wide range of colours and sizes.

    Where and how do I start to choose My 1st Guitar?

    Deciding which guitar is best for you can be a little difficult, so in this guide we will try and help navigate you through the different areas to help you find your perfect guitar including...

    • What Type?
    • What Size?
    • What Colour?

    What Type:

    At Sue Ryder our ranges cover Classical, Acoustic, and Electric Guitars

    Classical Guitars http://shop.sueryder.org/musical-instruments/guitars/classical-guitars.html

    The Classical Guitar, is a nylon strung guitar with 6 strings. The Classical Guitar is unquestionably the most suitable for a starter guitar, especially for children. One of main reasons for this is the fact the nylon strings are much kinder on the fingers, and is the most comfortable for children to be playing.

    The Classical Guitar is made from Linden Plywood. The strings are Nylon, and are available in a range of 2 different sizes and various colours. Besides the individual Classical Guitars, Sue Ryder also offer a Classical Guitar Pack in both Full and ¾ Size. The packs contain everything you need to get you started. (Link http://shop.sueryder.org/musical-instruments/guitars/classical-guitars.html )

    Acoustic Guitars

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    The Acoustic Guitar is a steel strung guitar with 6 strings. Whilst it is very suitable for starters, it’s worth bearing in mind that it does have steel strings and therefore can be a little harder on the fingers, especially in the beginning.

    The Acoustic Guitar has been around for hundreds of years, in one format or another and is a great instrument for people of all ages and abilities.

    The Acoustic Guitar is made from Linden plywood. The strings are steel and are available in a range of colours and 2 different sizes. As well as the individual Acoustic Guitars, Sue Ryder also offer a Full size Acoustic Guitar pack, that includes everything you need to get you started.

    Electric Guitars

    The Electric Guitar has 6 steel strings, with pick ups and tone and volume controls. The Guitar is attached via a lead to an electronic amplifier, which acts as both an amplifier and a speaker to project the electronic sound coming from the Guitars pick ups.

    The sound can be pretty loud, although this can be adjusted by the volume control on the amplifier and the Guitar.

    The guitar is made of a solid wood body, with a rosewood finger board.

    Sue Ryder offer a fantastic range of Electric Guitar accessories including Electric Guitar First Aid Kids, plectrums, replacement strings and a starter pack for beginners. http://shop.sueryder.org/musical-instruments/accessories/where/limit/all.html

    Accessories

    There are a comprehensive range of Guitar Accessories on offer, covering strings, straps, bags, stands, capos and picks in a variety of sizes and colours.

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    What Size:

    The Acoustic Guitar range is available in 2 sizes. Full size and ¾ size. The ¾ size acoustic guitar should be suitable for most children from the age of around 7 years old, with the Full size Acoustic Guitar for anybody over the ages of around 10/11 years old, through to all Adults. The Full size Acoustic Guitar is also available in a Cutaway version.

    It should be noted that the Acoustic Guitar does have steel strings and is therefore a little tougher on the fingers.

    As well as the individual Acoustic Guitars there is also a complete Acoustic Guitar pack in full size available.

    The Classical Guitar range is available in 2 sizes. Full size and ¾ size. The ¾ size acoustic guitar should be suitable for most children from the age of around 7 years old, with the Full size Classical Guitar for anybody over the ages of around 10/11 years old, through to all Adults.

    It should be noted that the Classical Guitar does have Nylon strings and is therefore much kinder to the fingers, especially the younger ages.

    As well as the individual Classical Guitars there is also a complete Classical Guitar pack in both full and ¾ size available.

    Once again it should not be forgotten that there is a comprehensive range of Guitar accessories for all the ranges that include strings, straps, bags, stands, capos and picks in a variety of sizes and colours.

    Age Range Height Guitar Size
    4 - 6 up to 3'9" tall 1/4 size (30") guitar
    7 - 8 3'10" - 4'5" tall 1/2 size (34") guitar
    9-11 4'6" - 4'11" tall 3/4 size (36") guitar
    12 and older 5' and taller 7/8 or Full Size guitar

     

    What Colour:

    Colour is as always a personal choice. At Sue Ryder we have identified the requirements of the current market place, and working closely with our Global Manufacturers, we have put together a range of colours that we believe meets the current market requirements, making our range attractive to male and female players of all ages.

    Colours for Full Size Acoustic Guitars:

    • Natural
    • Black
    • Sunburst
    • Blue Sparkle
    • Pink Sparkle
    • Silver Sparkle

    Colours for ¾  Size Acoustic Guitars:

    • Natural
    • Black
    • Sunburst
    • Baby Blue
    • Baby Pink

    Colours for Full Size Classical Guitars:

    • Natural
    • Pink
    • Purple

    Colours for ¾  Size Classical Guitars:

    • Natural
    • Pink

     

    Whatever guitar you choose, we are sure you will enjoy hours of fun playing your favorite tunes.

    Visit http://shop.sueryder.org/musical-instruments/guitars.html

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  • What does Mothers Day mean to you?

    This month on 30th March its Mothers' Day...

     

     

    Whilst Mothers' Day is traditionally a day for spoiling your mum and letting her know how much you appreciate her, we wondered about the history of Mothers' Day... where did it start and why do we celebrate on that one day per year?

    And what about those who have sadly lost their mums... what does Mothers Day mean for them?

    We thought we would do a little investigating to find out why...

    Mothers Day or Mothering Sunday?

    In the UK we traditionally celebrate Mothering Sunday (as opposed to Mothers Day) however overtime most people have started to use the term Mothers Day more widely.

    Mothers Day or Mothering Sunday is traditionally celebrated on the fourth Sunday of lent (the 30th March this year) although many people remain unacquainted with the religious beginnings of the day...

    It all started during the 16th century when people returned to their mother church, the main church or cathedral of the area, for a service to be held on Laetare Sunday. This was either a large local church, or more often the nearest Cathedral. Anyone who did this was commonly said to have gone "a-mothering", although whether this term preceded the observance of Mothering Sunday is unclear. In later times, Mothering Sunday became a day when domestic servants were given a day off to visit their mother church, usually with their own mothers and other family members. It was often the only time that whole families could gather together, since on other days they were prevented by conflicting working hours, and servants were not given free days on other occasions...

    In time.... Children and young people who were "in service" (as household servants) were given a day off on that date so they could visit their families (or, originally, return to their "mother" church). The children would pick wild flowers along the way to place in the church or give to their mothers.

    Eventually, the religious tradition evolved into the Mothering Sunday secular tradition of giving gifts to mothers.

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    How do you celebrate?

    In 2014 most people will celebrate Mothers' Day by giving cards and gifts and spending time together as a family. Young children will make cards and handmade gifts in schools and grown up children will gift flowers, candles, gift cards, trinkets and things for the home.

    Up and down the country, pubs and restaurants will be fully booked as children treat their mums to a special dinner, giving most hard working mums a well deserved day off and letting them know how much they are loved and appreciated, not just on that one day per year, but all year around.

    Other people prefer to simply spend time together, or they might pop in lunch, cook big family dinners or maybe just have a cup of tea together.

    Some people don't celebrate or acknowledge Mothers Day at  all, preferring to choose their own time to let their mum know how much they care.

    Mothers Day means different things to each and every person - be it spiritual, religious or a day to show you care.... and however people choose to celebrate (or not) that's what is so lovely about the diverse world that we live in.

    For the mums no longer with us...

    For those who have lost their mums, Mothers' Day is a particularly difficult day.  Here at Sue Ryder we know how this day can produce mixed emotions for many people... loosing a parent is one of the hardest things many people will have to go through in their lives and days like Mothers' day and Fathers' Day can tough to say the least... 

    We have a competition running on Facebook  at the moment where we have asked people to tell us why their mum is or was so special and some of the responses have had us smiling, laughing, identifying and crying...

    We thought we would share a few here with you...

    "my mum was kind hearted she was there for everyone including strangers. she was a fantastic grandmother for the short time she got to spend with her grandkids. she was the greatest mum ever to me shes my hero. she taught me how to be strong xx"

    "My mums battled with the big 'C' now twice in the last five years, every time she's had bad news she's remained so positive and strong, she's the most determined woman I know. Love her to bits x"

    "My mum is one in a million , as she has epilepsy, works her finger to the bone looking after us and everyone else, even though we protest, bakes us lush cakes and never complains."

    "My mum is so special, this time last year she lost my dad to pancreatic cancer and at the age of 58 had to start her life over, she got herself a job and stays so positive and brave through everything and she even finds time to help me out with my son who has autism! She is super mum! I'm so proud of her xxxx"

    "I don't have a mum any more as she passed away a few years ago but I do have a great mum-in-law. She treats me like her own daughter and is always there for me, we're so close, I love her to bits, she's one in a million!"

    "My mum was special because she was amazing in every way despite suffering so much through illness before she died she was always courageous brave and so kind and selfless always wanting to lend a hand to anyone and always a happy positive person.. And not only my special mum but my best friend forever xxxx"

    "My mum is 79 and still bakes the most amazing cakes that she sells for a local charity  I love her to bits xx"

    "She is a truly lovely lady who I admire. At 72 she has the energy of a 20 year old and never fails to amaze me how she overcomes the most trying times" 

    "thank you. You are the first to ask 'was' so special. My mother just gave love. It was reflected in everything she did for me and her grandchildren. I am an only child and even though she had wanted more, it wasn't to be. The best I can do is to try to be that kind of Mum/Grandma"

    "My mum deserves a lovely treat for being such a fab nan to her six grandchldren, she;s always there at the drop of a hat and still manages to find time to do lots of local charity work"

    We would like to thank everyone for sharing... pop over to Facebook to see more lovely posts.

    Please feel free to add your comments below and whatever and however you are celebrating this Mothers' Day - from all here at the Sue Ryder Online Shop Team - we wish you a wonderful and happy day xx

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  • It’s the little things...

    Why do we raise funds through our shops?

     

     

     

    Because in addition to all the hard work our fundraisers do, our shops (both online and on the high street) provide vital funds to help provide incredible care at our centers around the UK.

    Below we hear from Rachel Henry - a nurse at Thorpe Hall Hospice...

    It’s the little things...

    It was a young woman’s pink heaven. I looked around the room, taking in the scent from the many bouquets of  pink roses, the gaily coloured balloons and bunting hearts tied to the furniture. Lara lay in the bed, pale against the delicate pink sheets.

    "I can hardly see you amid all the pink - it’s like candy floss city," ..... I said to her. Lara opened her eyes and smiled weakly back: "It’s my favourite colour. I just wanted to be surrounded by it. Look at all the hearts – my family and friends have each done one. Thank you for helping me have this."

    Lara, who was in her early 20s, was dying from breast cancer. One of her final wishes was to have her favourite pink sheets from home put on her hospice bed, along with her favourite quilt – which we arranged. As she nestled back, looking relaxed and peaceful, it brought home to me again that it is the little things that mean the most to our patients.

    A privilege...

    That’s just one of the reasons why I feel it is a privilege to nurse them – especially amid the nurturing atmosphere of Thorpe Hall hospice in Peterborough. I always say I work in intensive care, because that’s how I see it. It’s just at the hospice it’s ‘intensive’ in a different way, without machines, tubes and wires. We offer true intensive care on a one-to-one basis. We might only have a patient for two days but it is such an intense time, it can seem like a year as we get to know them and their loved ones in a way that is very hard to achieve in a busy hospital ward.
    We look after patients like we would want our family to be cared for and treated. I get such a sense of satisfaction out of that one aspect of my work.

    Wedding...

    Having a terminal illness means you focus on what is important in the life you have. That was brought home to me when I recently helped organise a patient’s wedding. John and Sue had been together for over 20 years though never got round to marrying. He was in his late 50s and was close to death.
    He’d been with us for a few days and was rapidly declining. After a dreadful night when it was touch and go whether he would survive, he was sitting at his bedside when Sue arrived in the morning.
    There and then, he proposed to her. As soon as we heard, we got out the champagne and bunting.

    Kindness of strangers...

    We knew time was not on his side so that afternoon we rang the registry office to sort out the service and legalities, then put out appeals on Twitter and the kindness of strangers soon saw a cake, buffet and a photographer’s services all offered free for the wedding the next day. We even made our own confetti using a hole punch and lots of spare coloured paper!
    The wedding was set for 3.30pm - we rolled out a red carpet in the ward leading to two large chairs where the bride and groom would sit. We helped dress John in a nice shirt and trousers. Though he was in a lot of pain, we controlled that and he looked suitably dapper.
    Two of our health care assistants did hair and nails for Sue and some of the guests. John’s brother, who lived in the Middle East, managed to fly over for the service - they’d not seen each other for years and the two men were thrilled to be reunited.
    The service was lovely and afterwards we arranged the buffet in the day room. Sue and John looked so happy. I think managing to get married to her after all their years together gave him an inner peace. When John died two days later, his bride was at his side, holding his hand.
    It’s such a supportive atmosphere between staff and patients. Some people might find it hard to believe, but families often tell us the stay their loved ones had here was a special time.

    I wouldn't swap it for anything...

    There is no form of nursing like it. One patient told her daughter that I was `like her personal maid’ – it made us all laugh.
    I wouldn’t swap my work for anything. Often when I am sitting, chatting with a patient, I think back to my teenage school days in Bangor, Northern Ireland, when the careers teacher asked me what I wanted to be. I straight away said that I would love to be a nurse.`Oh no, you’ll never make it – you’re in the B Grade,’ she said dismissively. And with that she squashed my hopes and dreams to work in the one job I really wanted.

    Becoming a nurse...

    After I left school aged 18, I began work as a care assistant – at least I was doing something like nursing, I told myself. I met my accountant husband Brian, now 45, and we married when I was 22 and went onto have three children – Simon, now 22, Laura, 20, and Andrew, 16. So my 20s and 30s were spent raising out family.
    Fourteen years ago, we moved to England for Brian’s work and while the children were at school, I worked as a nursing auxiliary at the hospice. I loved it and knew it was my calling, so in between running the home I studied full time and in 2006 I qualified as a nurse.
    My first post two months later was back at the hospice as a ward nurse. I couldn’t imagine now working anywhere else.

    It's an honor...

    Of course, you cannot help but be deeply affected by being here. One of my children’s former teachers was a patient. She was a lovely lady, just 36 with an 18-month-old son. My children had loved her at school so it was quite emotional to care for her. We helped arrange the baby’s christening at the hospice chapel. As I nursed her, she told me she had no regrets and was not bitter at her fate. She was a very gracious lady and I saw looking after her as my way of thanking her for teaching my children. I shed more tears than normal for her.
    Today, I work part-time on the ward and am now a staff nurse but I also train student nurses – sharing my experiences with them. Working here has opened my eyes to all life – and made me grateful for what I have. It is an honour to care for our patients.

    Rachel Henry - Staff Nurse, Thorpe Hall

    To view more Incredible Stories - visit the Thorpe Hall Microsite - http://www.thorpehall.org/

    *Patients’ names have been changed.

  • Handmade Competition...

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    Sue Ryder New Goods launch competition to find new products...

    We are extremely excited to announce this incredibly special competition to find the very best of the UK's handmade gifts to feature on our new Sue Ryder New Goods Website.

    We are going to be scouring the country to find up to ten limited edition products to add to a special featured category - "Handmade" - on the website...

     

    The Opportunity...

    Sue Ryder New Goods are looking for small UK based businesses or sole traders specialising in unique hand crafted gifts.

    Entrants must be able to produce 25 (possibly more depending on demand) unique 'limited edition' products that we can sell to our dedicated Sue Ryder customers through our online shop.

    This is an amazing opportunity for UK crafters who would like their products to feature on a national charity shop’s website and we are now calling for entries for this new category on our website.

    Over the next few months we are going to be inviting entries, holding a national online vote via our Facebook Page, and the top ten products with the most votes will go on to feature on our website as part of this limited collection of handmade gifts...

    Have you got a product people would love?

    Our entry guidelines are below, but what we are looking for are unique products that will compliment our existing ranges.... think vintage inspired, retro goodies, shabby chic, beautiful home and gardening gifts and traditional children's toys and games...

    Visit our online shop to get an idea of what we do...http://shop.sueryder.org/

    Public Vote…

    All winners will be chosen by a public vote via the Facebook page, so it’s down to entrants to bang the drum and get people voting for your products and hopefully get your products and your business featured on our site...

    We believe this is a fantastic way to get your products to a national market and support our charity work here at Sue Ryder...

    To find out more about what we do at Sue Ryder - please visit our main website - http://www.sueryder.org/

    How people can enter...

    Entries are via the competition app on our Facebook page:

    Please include…

    • The name of your business or yourself if a sole trader.
    • A high quality photo and description of the product you are entering with
    • A Recommended Retail Price (RRP) for your product*

     

    *Sue Ryder New Goods will pay the wholesale price of winning products via invoice on a sale or return basis. Please ensure you have this in mind. As a guide the wholesale price is usually around 1/3 of the recommended retail price.

    Key Dates...

    • Entries and voting are open between 9.00am on the 12th March 2014 and Midnight on the 5th May 2014
    • Winners will be chosen by public vote and announced via our Facebook Page on 12th May 2014
    • 25 of each winning product must be received by 26th May 2014
    • Items will go on sale 1st June 2014

    Many thanks

    The Sue Ryder Online Shop Team

     

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