A Last Gift to Your Loved Ones - An Advance Care Plan
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
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
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.
Trustee Shaminder Singh Bedi embraces Kent's rich culture
Building relationships within his community has been part of everyday life for Shaminder Singh Bedi since the age of 11. Life’s lessons and challenges coupled with his important work for Social Services make him perfect for his role as trustee for our charity.
Twas the night before Christmas rendition
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
ITV Meridian and South East coverage of the new rendition for silent night in support of our hospice .
G -Town rendition of the chrismas classic - Silent Night
Gravesend rappers, GTown Talents have recorded their own special take on that Christmas classic “Silent Night” as the perfect Christmas gift, to help raise money for us.
As Christmas approaches, staff nurse Carol Fitzpatrick reflects on her role in Living Well
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
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
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.
#HospiceCareWeek | THE TWO-WAY STREET OF VOLUNTEERING
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
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.
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
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…
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
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
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
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
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
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.”