We support the Ryder-Cheshire services in New Zealand,
India and Timor-Leste.


In keeping with the vision of our founders, we are dedicated to alleviating human suffering by providing relief and rehabilitation services to those in need.

The goal of the Ryder-Cheshire Foundation is to recruit volunteers and raise funds. This will ensure that our services continue to provide supported living, quality health care, education and rehabilitation to their communities here in New Zealand and in India and Timor-Leste.

We are unpaid volunteers and all donations we receive go to the intended recipients and projects.

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Children at Klibur Domin in Timor-Leste

Children at Klibur Domin in Timor-Leste


Our Founders

Our founders are Sue Ryder and Leonard Cheshire. They were two extraordinary individuals who founded centres for the relief of suffering worldwide. Individually they began setting up services in England shortly after World War II.

When they married, Leonard and Sue set up the Ryder-Cheshire Foundation. In 1959 they established their first home - Raphael in Dehradun, northern India.

The couple visited Australia to rally support for Raphael. Soon after, Ryder-Cheshire Australia began. New Zealand followed with several branches of the Ryder-Cheshire Foundation being established throughout the country.

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Baroness Ryder of Warsaw CMG, OBE

While serving with the Polish Section of the highly secret Special Operations Executive during World War II, Sue Ryder witnessed the remarkable courage of men and women embarking on hazardous operations from which many did not survive. The inspiration of their deeds led to her found the Sue Ryder Foundation as a living memorial to those who died.

Sue Ryder was a humanitarian dedicated to the relief of suffering. Her work started in WWII, helping people displaced from their homes as a result of war. After the war she widened the scope of her work, supporting people with complex needs and life-threatening conditions across the UK and internationally.

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Group Captain Lord Cheshire of Woodhall VC, OM, DSO and DFC

In 1948 as a highly distinguished, retired Royal Air Force pilot, Leonard Cheshire heard that an ex-serviceman he knew was dying from cancer with nowhere to go following his discharge from hospital. After determined efforts failed to find care for him, Leonard took him into his own home and nursed him until he died. It was to become the first Cheshire home and the beginning of a world-wide work.

Leonard Cheshire has been described as one of the most remarkable men of his generation. A war hero and pioneer of the Cheshire Homes for sick people that bear his name, he had the priceless gift of appearing ordinary while accomplishing quite extraordinary achievements both in war and peace.


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