Ex-nurse helps carers and the bereaved through isolation of lockdown
Seventy-four-year-old Sue Gray has spent her life looking after patients and their families – and the challenges of Covid have not deterred the retired nurse from reaching out to others. She lost her own husband to cancer 11 years ago, says: “Since lockdown I have been making about 14 calls every week, phoning people who would usually attend the bereavement group or the Carers Cuppa.”
ellenor given top marks for food standards ten years running
Here at ellenor we take our kitchen cleanliness very seriously. So, the catering team was overjoyed to receive the highest accolade from Food Safety and Hygiene inspectors – for the tenth year in a row.
Hospice patients take a snapshot of lockdown life
With a focus on storytelling through photography, the 'Snapshot' project enabled our Wellbeing patients to document their experience of lockdown and provide a snapshot into their lives during this unusual time.
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.
#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.
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.
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.”
Complementary Therapy In A Time Of Covid-19 – Why It’s Never Been More Important
Pandemic or no pandemic, ellenor’s patients and their families know they can count on us to deliver the care that’s so essential to every aspect of their well-being - physical, mental, emotional and spiritual.
Interview with Laura Ash – How ellenor supported me through the trauma of bereavement...
“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."
This is not just any charity partnership… M&S Food & Together for Short Lives come together to support and raise vital funds for lifeline children’s hospices like ellenor.
We will be benefiting from an exciting new charity partnership between UK charity Together for Short Lives and M&S Food.
Support from ellenor, whatever the circumstances
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.
ellenor Financial Support Service
Hello, my name is Geoff and I volunteer with the Financial Support Service within the Wellbeing Team at ellenor, providing support to patients, their carers and family.
Help and support at every stage of life
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.
Mental Health Awareness Week: The soft power of kindness
The current Coronavirus crisis is unprecedented and has placed huge amounts of stress on society and families. Lockdown has presented challenges related to managing work, home schooling and constraints on income or normal routines have resulted in tensions and arguments.
Dying Matters Week: How do we talk to children about death?
Preparing a child for the death of a loved one, supporting a child after a loved one has died, or helping a child to prepare for their own death is an important and vital part of the work within children’s hospice services. Many adults find this task extremely difficult and very painful, often bringing to the surface their own experiences of loss.