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Support ellenor this Christmas

Support ellenor this Christmas

Support ellenor this Christmas… 

We provide around the clock care and continue to do so over the festive period including Christmas and Boxing Day. 
Our whole team will be working hard to provide the compassionate hospice care and support that local families need – whether that’s a nurse doing a crisis visit to a child in their own home on Christmas Day, an adult having pain management control on our inpatient ward in Gravesend, or our wellbeing team supporting a family facing that first Christmas after the death of a loved one. 
Read about how we're supporting families this Christmas:
Terry experienced unexpected bereavement and hopes his story will benefit both men and women.

  “It’s difficult to come to terms with losing Marie. As a man, I felt hesitant about opening up about my emotions. ellenor’s Bereavement Cuppa and counselling sessions gives me the opportunity to talk freely and openly about my thoughts and emotions and I now find myself able to deal with how I feel”.

Terry, 70 years old, lost his wife Marie to lung cancer over 18 months ago. Two weeks after diagnosis and being cared for by ellenor, he was left in utter shock by her sudden death. This was especially hard as he himself had been in a coma with sepsis several months earlier with Marie by his side, and had not been expected to survive.

Living with bereavement is difficult – especially at Christmas, but having the support and companionship of other bereaved people can help you feel less alone. The sense of loss can be immense. Some people feel that they can’t go on and they can’t face life without their loved one. The Bereavement Cuppa can be the first step to helping people through bereavement, grief and loss, and moving forward with their lives.

“Being amongst others who understand loss and are experiencing similar challenges that living with grief brings, can be reassuring and helps to put life back together. I’ve also made new friendships, have companionship and the opportunity to engage in new activities like bowling and dances. I cannot thank ellenor enough for what they are doing to me, and still are” says Terry.

From compassion to care to emotional wellbeing, ellenor plays a pivotal role in local families’ lives, when they are facing the most difficult of times. ellenor offers group support for bereaved people in Kent. Their ‘Bereavement Cuppa’ brings people together in a safe place to share their experiences openly and talk about coping day to day.

ellenor runs two Bereavement Cuppas: one in Dartford on Thursday mornings, the other in Gravesend every Thursday evening. You do not have to have a connection with ellenor to attend either group.
Keeping seriously ill children and families together at Christmas.

ellenor have been an amazing part in helping with respite care as Tyler is too poorly to attend school; they take the role of caring for him while I get to take the opportunities to have five minutes to myself or take our seven month old daughter, Macie out for some fresh air or carry out the household jobs that need completing. ellenor Respite Team really have been a saving grace, Tyler may not be able to communicate but I believe by his slight actions; eye movement or breathing sighs he loves having Hannah and Emma help our family out” Katie Aldridge, Tyler’s mum. .

ellenor prides itself on delivering the best hospice care to seriously and terminally ill children and young adults between 0 to 19 years across Kent and the London Borough of Bexley. We believe it’s crucial not only to support the children under our care, but also their siblings. We help to reduce the time children have to spend in hospital by arranging and co-ordinating the care tailored to their needs at home and providing specialist advice as well as emotional and other practical support for the family. The team also works closely with multiple teams in hospitals and in the community to ensure the highest quality of care.

The children under our care have many different and complex conditions and our Specialist Nurses are here to improve the quality of life not just of the child but also the family and their siblings. No matter the age of the child, prognosis or the stage of their illness, ellenor is there through diagnosis and treatment, enabling limited time to be precious family time. Because life is unpredictable, we are here 365 days a year, seven days a week, night and day, whenever we are needed.

Sarah Carter works as a Children’s Palliative Care Nurse Specialist for ellenor. “Christmas can be very difficult, especially if children are very sick or at end of life. It’s a really key goal for our families to have that last Christmas together, and we help to facilitate that. We keep them out of hospital as we provide that specialist complex care. The families live life from day to day, the outcome may be tragic and painful for those close to them but we try and have the best time with them and their family, making this moment count for the child and making memories for the family.

One new child or young person is referred to ellenor each week. A donation from you can help make a very important difference in children’s lives when it matters most and help them make the most of the precious time they have together.
By supporting ellenor this Christmas your kindness will make a real difference – thank you and Happy Christmas.
Please donate online or call our Supporter Care team on 01322 626509