Sue Ryder

Sue Ryder

Infobox Person
name = Sue Ryder

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birth_name = Margaret Susan Cheshire
birth_date = 3 July 1923
birth_place = Leeds, Yorkshire
death_date = 2 November 2000
death_place = Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
other_names =
known_for = The Sue Ryder Foundation
occupation =
nationality =

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 Executive in the Second World War and afterwards led many charitable organizations, notably the Sue Ryder charity named after her.

Early life

She was born in Leeds, Yorkshire, and educated at Benenden School. When World War II broke 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 Tunisia and later to Italy.

Charitable work

After the war was over, Ryder volunteered to do relief work in Poland and expended to other charitable work as well. She was appointed OBE in 1957 and CMG in 1976.

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 Peerage in 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, unemployment and race relations. The Queen Mother opened the Sue Ryder Foundation (later Sue Ryder Care) at Cavendish, Suffolk in 1979.

Later life

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 trustee of 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).

External links

* [ Sue Ryder of Cavendish] - Richard North

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