- Sue Ryder
name = Sue Ryder
birth_name = Margaret Susan Cheshire
3 July 1923
2 November 2000
Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
known_for = The
Sue Ryder Foundation
Margaret Susan Cheshire, Baroness Ryder of Warsaw and Baroness Cheshire, CMG, OBE (
3 July 1923– 2 November 2000), best-known as Sue Ryder, was a British peeress who worked with Special Operations Executivein the Second World War and afterwards led many charitable organizations, notably the Sue Ryder charity named after her.
She was born in
Leeds, Yorkshire, and educated at Benenden School. When World War IIbroke out, she volunteered to the First Aid Nursing Yeomanry, even though she was only 16. Soon she was assigned to the Polish section of the Special Operations Executive. Ryder's job was to drive SOE agents to the airfield where they would take off on their assignments in Europe. In 1943 she was posted to Tunisiaand later to Italy.
In 1959 Ryder married Group Captain Leonard Cheshire VC (later Baron Cheshire), the founder of the major UK charity
Leonard Cheshire Disability. They received a Variety Club's Humanitarian Award in 1975. Ryder was raised to the Peeragein 1979 and was created Baroness Ryder of Warsaw, of Warsaw in Poland and of Cavendish in the County of Suffolk. In the House of Lords, Lady Ryder of Warsaw was involved in debates about defence, drug abuse, housing, medical services, unemploymentand race relations. The Queen Mother opened the Sue Ryder Foundation(later Sue Ryder Care) at Cavendish, Suffolkin 1979.
Ryder also continued to speak for Poland and when the communist rule there collapsed, she arranged lorries of medical and food aid. In 1989 Ryder made an appeal through "The
Daily Telegraph" to obtain more funding and collected £40,000. However, in 1998 Ryder retired as a trusteeof the Sue Ryder Foundation due to disagreement with other trustees and founded Bouverie Foundations which distributed money donated to the Lady Ryder of Warsaw Appeals Fund.
Lady Ryder of Warsaw died in
Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, aged 77.
Ryder wrote two books of autobiography, "And the Morrow is Theirs" (1975) and "Child of My Love" (1986).
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