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A Last Gift to Your Loved Ones - An Advance Care Plan

A Last Gift to Your Loved Ones - An Advance Care Plan

News   •   May 10, 2021 17:22 BST

We are all encouraged to make a will so we can say what happens to our estate when we die. But how many of us have thought about how we want to spend the final moments of our lives? That’s where an Advance Care Plan (ACP) comes in. It’s a will of wishes that says: “When I die, this is how I would like it to be”.

Fundraiser inspired after working on hospice ward

Fundraiser inspired after working on hospice ward

News   •   Apr 06, 2021 09:41 BST

Working in a hospice during a pandemic was a life-changing experience for trainee nurse Becky Saunders. Her experiences at ellenor were so profound that she pledged to take on a gruelling challenge to raise vital funds.

Hospice Doctor rises to the challenges of Covid

Hospice Doctor rises to the challenges of Covid

News   •   Mar 27, 2021 09:19 GMT

Dr Laura Holtham was working full time at the ellenor hospice in Northfleet during the height of the pandemic and is full of praise and optimism for hospices like ellenor - we are a Kent and Bexley-based charity providing care and support to patients with life-limiting illnesses and their families.

Twas the night before Christmas rendition

Twas the night before Christmas rendition

News   •   Dec 09, 2020 12:27 GMT

Twas the night before Christmas… well not quite, but we're just SO excited for Christmas Eve. This year we've got a special surprise planned for Christmas Eve and we've even had help from a few of Santa's little helpers! So keep your eyes peeled on Christmas Eve for a very special Christmas message from us and a few special guests! 🎄🎅

Christmas appeal recognition on ITV News

Christmas appeal recognition on ITV News

News   •   Dec 07, 2020 13:47 GMT

ITV Meridian and South East coverage of the new rendition for silent night in support of our hospice .

As Christmas approaches, staff nurse Carol Fitzpatrick reflects on her role in Living Well

As Christmas approaches, staff nurse Carol Fitzpatrick reflects on her role in Living Well

News   •   Nov 26, 2020 16:00 GMT

Read the attached as to how we are offering our Living well services during these difficult times and see how to access our range of virtual living well services. Carols Fitzpatrick tells her story working here in the Living well team

Message of support from Dartford's very own Sir Mick Jagger

Message of support from Dartford's very own Sir Mick Jagger

News   •   Nov 26, 2020 14:26 GMT

2020 has been a tough year for us all. We know that Sir Mick’s message of support will mean so much to the families caring for children and adults.

Our Christmas Appeal

Our Christmas Appeal

News   •   Nov 26, 2020 14:25 GMT

Help us provide vital care to adults and children who need our support this Christmas. For those coping with a life limiting illness – this Christmas could be their last.

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."

 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.

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.

Help and support at every stage of life

Help and support at every stage of life

News   •   May 27, 2020 08:00 BST

One Northfleet family has experienced for themselves the vital support that we offer in all sorts of circumstances – including the current pandemic - and to both children and adults.

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.