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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.

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month: My role as a Children’s Care Assistant

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month: My role as a Children’s Care Assistant

News   •   Oct 01, 2020 08:00 BST

For over six years, Sam Politt has been a Children’s Care Assistant at ellenor. Friends ask her how she copes with her challenging, sometimes emotional work – especially given that she’s got a nine-year-old daughter herself. She says, “My role is to look after children who, despite illness, are most often cheeky, smiley and bouncy – just like every child is.”

#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:  Bringing expertise from leading London hospitals direct to children’s homes

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month: Bringing expertise from leading London hospitals direct to children’s homes

News   •   Sep 15, 2020 08:00 BST

Bringing expertise from London hospitals direct to children in their own homes is an under-recognised service that forms the foundation of care provided by ellenor. Thanks to this partnership approach, many children under ellenor’s care in Kent can make fewer journeys and spend less time attending hospitals in London for their appointments.

#ChildhoodCancerAwarenessMonth: How we are helping baby Grace and her family bounce back to normality…

#ChildhoodCancerAwarenessMonth: How we are helping baby Grace and her family bounce back to normality…

News   •   Sep 10, 2020 08:00 BST

There are times when a mother’s instinct really can be a lifesaver. As a mum of three, Carrie Wilson knew her baby daughter Grace was suffering from something way beyond the usual illnesses.

Interview with Patricia Gilmore: My role in Children’s palliative care

Interview with Patricia Gilmore: My role in Children’s palliative care

News   •   Sep 08, 2020 08:00 BST

Families of children who have a life limiting or life-threatening condition will know, it’s a worrying and frightening time, but their journey is made a little easier thanks to our Children’s Palliative Care Team.

 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.

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month: A tailor-made approach to help children live life to the full

Childhood Cancer Awareness Month: A tailor-made approach to help children live life to the full

News   •   Sep 01, 2020 10:26 BST

​With more and more children having a life-limiting condition, how to help them live well with the time they have available is the ellenor mantra. As each child is different and their needs are unique, ellenor works in partnership with them and their families to create a bespoke support service throughout their lives and beyond.

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 shops re-open after 13 weeks...

ellenor shops re-open after 13 weeks...

News   •   Jul 03, 2020 08:52 BST

​We are delighted to confirm that after 13 weeks of closure four of our high street shops are open again for shopping only and are operating in-line with the latest government guidance. The shops across Kent - Crayford, Dartford Priory, Swanscombe and Bexley – are open for business and people can make purchases.

 Interview with Laura Ash – How ellenor supported me through the trauma of bereavement...

Interview with Laura Ash – How ellenor supported me through the trauma of bereavement...

News   •   Jun 26, 2020 09:00 BST

“You never know what’s going to come your way – but there are certainly some situations you don’t imagine you’ll have to face as a teen. One minute I was your usual fifteen years old – friends, family, studying and having a great time with friends; then the rug was pulled from under my feet."

This is not just any charity partnership… M&S Food & Together for Short Lives come together to support and raise vital funds for lifeline children’s hospices like ellenor.

This is not just any charity partnership… M&S Food & Together for Short Lives come together to support and raise vital funds for lifeline children’s hospices like ellenor.

Press releases   •   Jun 25, 2020 11:57 BST

We will be benefiting from an exciting new charity partnership between UK charity Together for Short Lives and M&S Food.

 Health Care Assistants play a vital role within the ellenor team

Health Care Assistants play a vital role within the ellenor team

News   •   Jun 25, 2020 08:30 BST

Essential to the exceptional standard of holistic care offered by ellenor, the charity that provides support for those with life-limiting illnesses and their families, are its Health Care Assistants. Without them – quite simply - the charity couldn’t function.

 Support from ellenor, whatever the circumstances

Support from ellenor, whatever the circumstances

News   •   Jun 24, 2020 13:30 BST

​For Nicola Norris and her husband Lee, we have been a lifeline in providing them with a whole range of services to help support and stimulate their six-year-old son, Jensen.

Children's Hospice Week: How ellenor helps families get on with living their lives

Children's Hospice Week: How ellenor helps families get on with living their lives

News   •   Jun 24, 2020 12:14 BST

For teenager Jack Browne and his family, support from ellenor has meant a return to the normality of home and school that once seemed impossible.