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Children's Hospice Week

21st - 27th June 2021

Children’s Hospice Week is the only week in the year dedicated to raising awareness and funds for children’s hospice and palliative care services across the UK, and the seriously ill children and young people they support.

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Spotlight: Children's Services at ellenor

Here at ellenor, we care for children from the moment they are first diagnosed, across the whole trajectory of the disease. Providing palliative care early on and in a holistic manner means better outcomes for both the child and their families, says the Children’s Team.


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How Respite Care Brings Dreams to Life

Respite care is focussed on providing temporary relief for parents and caregivers – in ellenor’s case, those looking after children with life-limiting conditions.


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Play Therapy at ellenor

The charity has a multi-disciplinary approach to working within our local community, using our limited charitable funds as prudently as possible to support a range of children’s bereavement services, always remembering that everyone experiences grief differently. Here, our play therapist, Jolanta, talks about her work with children.


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The Power of Puppetry

Our current play therapy programme is always looking for new ways to revitalise its work. Together with Strangeface Theatre, we facilitated a workshop for children aged between four and 16, to create puppets, many of which became a representation of a person the child had lost.


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Partnerships with London Hospitals

You may know ellenor as a local Kent charity – but it might be a surprise to discover that much of the care we deliver to children in their own homes is via a joint working partnership model with leading London hospitals. Our Children’s Services, explains how this novel approach makes life easier for children and their families


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Transition: Children's to Adult Care

When it comes to Child to Adult Transitioning, the most notable of ellenor’s relationships with local service providers is with the Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust (KCHFT).


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Interview with Sue Marsden

“I love it all. I love the challenges, the diversity. We work with people from the mildest of learning disabilities – who just need a little bit of help getting them into the acute health systems – all the way through to profoundly, multiple disabled people, at every stage of life” - Sue Marsden, Kent Community Health NHS Foundation.


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Bringing Hospice Care into the Home

"People don’t think about young children’s hospices, or children dying, because it’s too hard. We have to explain to people that we focus very much on life – and how we can make the most of life – as opposed to dying. But also, that it’s about giving people a space where they can talk about death, and prepare for it.”


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Eleanor Fletcher on Music Therapy

How children can benefit from music therapy and play therapy, which help them open up about grief, while also treasuring precious memories of those they’ve lost.


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Leann's Story: How Play Therapy helped

Mum of seven Leann Williams, speaks about how play therapy helped her daughter cope with the death of her father.


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ellenor - A Place to Turn to When Mum Died

Shona Turnbull, wife of Andrew and mother of Maxwell and Lucas, was unexpectedly diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014 and passed away 18 months later in ellenor hospice, Gravesend.


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Push Yourself to the Limits for ellenor

Lots of exciting events and challenges for you to get involved in and push yourself to the limit.


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Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Cambridge’s personal message of support to mark Children’s Hospice Week 2021

"I hope you will join me this Children’s Hospice Week in thanking the UK’s 54 children’s hospices and their incredible staff for the life-changing care they provide to children and families facing the unimaginable - helping them to make the most of every precious moment together."



About ellenor's Children's Services

We are the only hospice in the UK to provide care at home for both adults and children and still one of the only hospices providing acute oncology care and end of life care to seriously ill children in their own home. We provide a wide range of care for babies, children and young people of all ages (0-19 years).