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Christmas appeal recognition on ITV News

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Christmas appeal recognition on ITV News

On Friday night at 6pm ITV aired the G Town new rendition of silent night in support of us in helping to raise funds for our Christmas appeal .   Dawnmarie Allen shared how singing can lift patients spirits and Dave the G Town rapper shared how this had been his biggest challenge ever.  Please listen to the ITV Interview on the ITV website

Barry  Felicia and Luwan  De Jager shared how their Christmas will be a very special one . Read their story here

When one young family was faced with a diagnosis for their son, ellenor – the charity for those with life-limiting illnesses and their families – was there to provide holistic support and to help them stay positive. Now, they’re looking forward to a very special Christmas…

To hear anyone describe 2020 as “one of our best years ever” might seem unusual given the effect of the pandemic on all our lives, but to hear it from father of three, Barry de Jager, is even more remarkable. For in May, Barry’s son Luwan, then aged three, was diagnosed with leukaemia. He and his family have been under ellenor’s care since August, and Barry says it is a relief to finally know what they’re dealing with in terms of his son’s illness.

“As we approach Christmas, we are still taking things one day at a time and no one knows exactly what we will and won’t be able to do this year. But just to know that Luwan is so much better than he was back in May, when he was so poorly and we didn’t know what was wrong, is a gift in itself. It’s charities like ellenor that have enabled me to be confident that we, as a family, will look back on 2020 as one of our best years ever. The positivity and love we’ve received has been incredible. Our love for one another will never be stronger than it is this Christmas and as we move into the future.”

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Providing the best care and support for families facing terminal illness

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.