The Cheshire Story
Leonard Cheshire was World War 2’s most highly decorated airman, but what he achieved after the War was even more remarkable. Together with his wife Sue Ryder, Leonard established more than 400 homes in over 50 countries for people who were sick or who had a disability. This inspirational video tells the story in his own words during his visit to Australia in 1970.
Lady Sue Ryder of Warsaw – ‘Remembrance’
An older Sue Ryder reflects on political events before and after WWII, and the impact on the people of Poland. During the war she was involved with the Special Operations Executive and worked closely with mostly young men being prepared to re-enter Poland to fight with the resistance movement. After the War she worked extensively to alleviate the suffering of those left homeless and destitute.
In the early days of Raphael, during the 1960s and 70s, high priority was given to tackling the rampant diseases of tuberculosis and leprosy and caring for the children of those with leprosy. A clinic was established to treat TB, and Australian Nurse Anne Young (now Boyd), extended the service to villages in the surrounding hills. In addition to her work in the clinic she travelled regularly to provide diagnosis, medicine and follow-up to the villagers, under very difficult conditions.
People with a wide range of disabilities were also cared for at Raphael.