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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.”

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: 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.

 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."

 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.

Children's Hospice Week: This is...Dianne's personal story about how we supported her family when she became a parent to her grandchildren.

Children's Hospice Week: This is...Dianne's personal story about how we supported her family when she became a parent to her grandchildren.

News   •   Jun 23, 2020 08:30 BST

When their beloved daughter, Kerrie, died from breast cancer at the age of 36 in September 2017, Dianne and her husband George didn’t just have to find a path through their own grief – they had to help Kerrie’s young sons cope with theirs, too. Throughout the process, we were there to support the family, both practically and emotionally.

Dying Matters Awareness Week: Bereavement in the time of Covid-19 – what happens next?

Dying Matters Awareness Week: Bereavement in the time of Covid-19 – what happens next?

News   •   May 15, 2020 08:00 BST

So, as I write this, we are in Week 7 of the UK lockdown during the Covid-19 pandemic, and for many people, we have settled into something which feels like ‘the new normal’. Whilst none of this has been a bed of roses, some people have managed to find comfort in the fact that the pace of life has slowed down and that we can take a second to watch the world go by.

 Dying Matters Week: Multi faith chaplaincy within hospice care

Dying Matters Week: Multi faith chaplaincy within hospice care

News   •   May 13, 2020 11:15 BST

While nurses and doctors are at the heart of hospice care, there are many other individuals who play an equally important role in providing holistic support. Chaplains are a key part of the palliative care team, offering comfort and spiritual strength to people with life-limiting or terminal illnesses.

Dying Matters Week – Play Therapy is essential in helping bereaved children process their grief and loss.

Dying Matters Week – Play Therapy is essential in helping bereaved children process their grief and loss.

News   •   May 11, 2020 11:50 BST

For children especially, grief can be a massive, bewildering issue. Fail to help them deal with it, and the implications for those children and young people.

Vikki Harding appointed to permanent Chief Executive.

Vikki Harding appointed to permanent Chief Executive.

News   •   Mar 02, 2020 14:30 GMT

​We are pleased to announce that Vikki Harding has been appointed to permanent Chief Executive with immediate effect.

We’re expanding our bespoke Living Well programme to help people make the most of the time they have left.

We’re expanding our bespoke Living Well programme to help people make the most of the time they have left.

News   •   Feb 19, 2020 12:31 GMT

“The patient-centred approach is essential in improving lives. We are adapting our services to help our patients make the most of the time they have left. Our patients want and need to be involved in their own care that gives them as much control as possible.” - Dr Russ Hargreaves

ellenor receives a staggering £2m donation to help build for the future

ellenor receives a staggering £2m donation to help build for the future

News   •   Feb 05, 2020 09:15 GMT

“Demand for our services is ever increasing. As a result, we have reached a point where our facilities are restricting us from providing outstanding care, we need to extend and redevelop our hospice building.” - Vikki Harding, CEO

ellenor get the red-carpet treatment at Disney’s Frozen 2 premiere

ellenor get the red-carpet treatment at Disney’s Frozen 2 premiere

News   •   Nov 19, 2019 09:27 GMT

Children’s hospice workers were given the Queen of Arendelle treatment on Sunday as a special thank you for their incredible work with seriously ill children and their families in hospices across the UK.

Lights of Love Remembrance Service

Lights of Love Remembrance Service

News   •   Nov 13, 2019 08:00 GMT

​“Christmas can be a wonderful time for many, but we are reminded every year of how difficult it can be for some. It is a real milestone for friends and families after a loss and we recognise the importance of stopping for a moment and celebrating the lives of our loved ones”.

Lifelites charity donates life-changing technology to children receiving care under ellenor...

Lifelites charity donates life-changing technology to children receiving care under ellenor...

News   •   Oct 10, 2019 08:00 BST

Children receiving care at ellenor hospice in Gravesend have received a donation of life-changing technology worth thousands of pounds from children’s charity Lifelites.

Hospice Care Week: We wrote a song for our mum because she's "the best".

Hospice Care Week: We wrote a song for our mum because she's "the best".

News   •   Oct 07, 2019 08:00 BST

When children are unable to articulate what death means to them, music therapy can help them process the feelings of grief and pain that the loss of a parent inevitably brings.

Twilight Walk paints the town orange...

Twilight Walk paints the town orange...

News   •   Sep 24, 2019 08:38 BST

Record breaking numbers took part in ellenor’s annual Twilight Walk.