Wartime work with brave Poles influenced charity worker’s ‘entire life’

Charity doyenne Sue Ryder’s time in Warsaw working with the Polish underground during the German occupation of the country “influenced her entire life,” Barbara Stachowiak-Kowalska, a board member of the Sue Ryder Foundation in Poland told PolandIN.

The 16-year-old army volunteer, later named Lady Sue Ryder of Warsaw, and the founder of a charity organisation that helped the aged and people with disabilities, was very much influenced by the Polish soldiers she came across when assigned to occupied Poland. “She felt their passion, their loyalty to their country.”

Ryder’s work with Poland did not end when the war finished. She assisted Poles imprisoned after the war and helped negotiate less harsh sentences. Her work continued right through Communist times, supporting as many as 40 care homes for the elderly in Poland.

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