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A new minibus for ellenor

Press release   •   May 09, 2018 12:30 BST

We were absolutely delighted to receive a very generous donation of £40,000 from Coniston Construction to allow us to purchase a new minibus to transport our patients.

The volunteer driven minibus is used on a daily basis to transport patients to the hospice at Gravesend to access a range of service, such as day therapy, as well as enabling the charity to provide outings for some of its younger patients.

Claire Cardy, Chief Executive says: “We have been overwhelmed by the generosity that Coniston Construction has shown. Thanks to their amazing donation of £40,000, we are able to continue our extremely valuable minibus service in helping our patients who may be very ill, have mobility problems or might be elderly or frail to access our services. This will make a real difference to the patients and their families who receive our care at the hospice”.

Coniston Construction specialises in high end refurbishment, renovation, remodelling and conservation works throughout London and the South East of England. Their clients include The British Museum, The Victoria and Albert Museum, Old Royal Naval College, Somerset House, The Metropolitan Police, Ministry of Justice, and the NHS. They have been long term supporters of ellenor, donating the proceeds of their Christmas raffle annually as well as giving up a table at their Christmas party for an ellenor family and staff to enjoy a night out.

John Rathbone, Managing Director of Coniston says: “I have always believed very strongly in the positive difference a charity can make on individuals, families and communities and when I first met Graham Perolls, founder of ellenor in 1980, I was hugely inspired by his vision to provide a breadth of hospice services locally.

Coniston has been involved from inception to date and we are delighted to continue our support for ellenor to both help increase awareness and generate funds to support the hospice in the future. Their contribution in the local community is invaluable and this minibus will enhance the work they already do.”

Linda Trew, Director of Income Generation: “We are just so grateful for their long term commitment and this recent gift of a new minibus is just remarkable.

We are ellenor, a charity funded by the generosity of our local community, offering the best care and support to families facing terminal illness in Kent. We are the only charity in the county that provides hospice care for people of all ages – babies, children and adults - and their families. This includes pain and symptom relief, end of life care, respite, bereavement support and emotional and spiritual care.

Our Children’s Hospice Care, formerly known as chYps, is provided in the comfort of the family home and spans across North and West Kent and the London Borough of Bexley. Adults living in Gravesham, Dartford and Swanley, receive care in their place of choice, including their own homes, at our Hospice in Gravesend and in local care homes.