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#HospiceCareWeek | Lisa’s story: why I love my job

#HospiceCareWeek | Lisa’s story: why I love my job

Blog posts   •   Oct 09, 2020 13:19 BST

​“I’m very proud to work for ellenor – I work for an incredible charity knowing that our shops make a difference to the local community”.

#HospiceCareWeek |   Why ellenor’s housekeepers are so vital to the charity

#HospiceCareWeek | Why ellenor’s housekeepers are so vital to the charity

Blog posts   •   Oct 09, 2020 13:14 BST

​ellenor – the charity supporting those with life-limiting illnesses and their families – doesn’t count ‘unsung heroes’ among its staff. This is because each person who works for the charity is acknowledged and celebrated as an essential part of the ellenor team.

#HospiceCareWeek | THE TWO-WAY STREET OF VOLUNTEERING

#HospiceCareWeek | THE TWO-WAY STREET OF VOLUNTEERING

Blog posts   •   Oct 05, 2020 15:59 BST

So often, those who volunteer with us have their own connections that have brought them to the charity – and they will often say, too, that they feel they gain as much from their work with us as they give. Here, Suzanne Wood tells her story.

#ChildhoodCancerAwarenessMonth: Florence's personal story about her journey.

#ChildhoodCancerAwarenessMonth: Florence's personal story about her journey.

Blog posts   •   Sep 24, 2020 08:00 BST

​Florence’s journey started in January 2020 when she was diagnosed with Leukaemia (AML) as a family we were thrust into the world of a cancer diagnosis! We quickly learnt about blood counts, side effects and the gruelling chemotherapy treatment that Florence had to endure.

 Childhood Cancer Awareness Month: Helping to smooth the path for treatment...

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month: Helping to smooth the path for treatment...

Blog posts   •   Sep 03, 2020 08:00 BST

When children are coping with serious illness, many parties – often based in different areas – may be involved in their treatment. The practical and emotional implications of coping with a complex schedule of appointments can, quite understandably, sometimes feel overwhelming for the families involved.

Inpatient Unit (IPU) nurses: Sharing the emotional load with patients and their families

Inpatient Unit (IPU) nurses: Sharing the emotional load with patients and their families

Blog posts   •   Aug 20, 2020 14:27 BST

Despite the challenges of a global pandemic, that dedication is unwavering and the our team has adapted and pulled together as never before. Pivotal to the cohesion of the team is Lisa Ball, Staff Nurse in ellenor’s Inpatient Unit (IPU). Here, she reflects on the impact Covid-19 has had on the patients she cares for, their families and her team.

Businesses challenged to turn £50 into charity funds in accumulator challenge

Businesses challenged to turn £50 into charity funds in accumulator challenge

Blog posts   •   Aug 13, 2020 10:21 BST

The Accumulator Challenge, in aid of ellenor, is back! From an initial investment of £50 and a four-month timescale, you will compete against teams from across Kent and Bexley to become the ellenor Accumulator Champion of 2020. We will give your company a crisp £50 note and four months to find ways of increasing it as much as you can.

Community Palliative Care: the role of the Clinical Nurse Specialist

Community Palliative Care: the role of the Clinical Nurse Specialist

Blog posts   •   Jul 31, 2020 15:47 BST

Linda’s job may be challenging but she has never doubted the value of her role: “I’ve always wanted to be a palliative care nurse and to help guide people through the challenges of end-of-life care. It’s rewarding to know you’ve done as much as you possibly can for patients and their families and if I’ve helped make their situations better in any way, I know that I’ve done my job right.”

Complementary Therapy In A Time Of Covid-19 – Why It’s Never Been More Important

Complementary Therapy In A Time Of Covid-19 – Why It’s Never Been More Important

Blog posts   •   Jul 30, 2020 08:00 BST

Pandemic or no pandemic, ellenor’s patients and their families know they can count on us to deliver the care that’s so essential to every aspect of their well-being - physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.

ellenor Financial Support Service

ellenor Financial Support Service

Blog posts   •   May 27, 2020 12:00 BST

​Hello, my name is Geoff and I volunteer with the Financial Support Service within the Wellbeing Team at ellenor, providing support to patients, their carers and family.

Mental Health Awareness Week: The soft power of kindness

Mental Health Awareness Week: The soft power of kindness

Blog posts   •   May 22, 2020 08:00 BST

​The current Coronavirus crisis is unprecedented and has placed huge amounts of stress on society and families. Lockdown has presented challenges related to managing work, home schooling and constraints on income or normal routines have resulted in tensions and arguments.

Dying Matters Week: How do we talk to children about death?

Dying Matters Week: How do we talk to children about death?

Blog posts   •   May 13, 2020 08:00 BST

​Preparing a child for the death of a loved one, supporting a child after a loved one has died, or helping a child to prepare for their own death is an important and vital part of the work within children’s hospice services. Many adults find this task extremely difficult and very painful, often bringing to the surface their own experiences of loss.

Dying Matters Awareness Week– Importance of talking about advanced care planning

Dying Matters Awareness Week– Importance of talking about advanced care planning

Blog posts   •   May 11, 2020 08:00 BST

Planning for my care when I am ill has been on my “to do” list for quite some time. You would think in my job I would be reminded of it every day and hasten my efforts to complete writing down my wishes.

Wellbeing Gardens - National Gardening Week

Wellbeing Gardens - National Gardening Week

Blog posts   •   May 01, 2020 08:00 BST

​We are all spending more time at home at the moment than we might like and this looks set to continue for some time to come. This week is National Gardening Week, so what could be more appropriate than appreciating your garden for its wellbeing benefits.

Hospice Care Week: The benefits of gardening for health and wellbeing at ellenor...

Hospice Care Week: The benefits of gardening for health and wellbeing at ellenor...

Blog posts   •   Oct 11, 2019 08:00 BST

It is hard to enter ellenor hospice in Gravesend without noticing the lovely garden, visible through the building and from many of the patient rooms and offices. What may be less obvious is the contribution the garden makes to the patients, families, visitors, staff and volunteers who make ellenor the place that it is.

Hospice Care Week: Working as a physiotherapist for a hospice…

Hospice Care Week: Working as a physiotherapist for a hospice…

Blog posts   •   Oct 09, 2019 14:10 BST

Andrew Lowden talks about what it is like to be a physio in a hospice.

World Reflexology Week: the benefits of foot reflexology treatment

World Reflexology Week: the benefits of foot reflexology treatment

Blog posts   •   Sep 23, 2019 14:00 BST

This week we celebrate World Reflexology Week. During this time reflexologists around the world organise events to promote the benefits of reflexology therapies. It is a good opportunity for us to bring awareness about reflexology as it is one of the complementary therapies we offer at ellenor.

Supporting bereaved children at ellenor

Supporting bereaved children at ellenor

Blog posts   •   Apr 10, 2019 09:00 BST

To celebrate National Siblings Day, we thought that we would share with you the incredible care and support our Children’s Team provide to bereaved children when they have lost someone close to them – especially a sibling, parent or grandparent.

Remember a loved one this Valentine's Day

Remember a loved one this Valentine's Day

Blog posts   •   Feb 13, 2019 10:29 GMT

We’ve collaborated with British jewellery designer Katie Mullally who has designed an exclusive charm in support of ellenor to keep the memory of loved ones no longer with us, close to our hearts.

Gravesend Panto visit Day Therapy at ellenor

Gravesend Panto visit Day Therapy at ellenor

Blog posts   •   Dec 06, 2018 07:00 GMT

On Wednesday 28 November, the vibrant cast of ‘Peter Pan’ from The Woodville Theatre in Gravesend brought Christmas cheer and laughter to our adult patients in Day Therapy...