A special ground-breaking event was held on Friday 19 May 2023 to mark the start of construction work on the new Wellbeing Wing at ellenor hospice in Coldharbour Road, Gravesend.
The Lady Colgrain, The Lord Lieutenant of Kent, was joined by the ellenor hospice Board of Trustees and Leadership Team, as well as members of the construction team and invited members of the community, as work begins to transform the site ahead of reopening in Spring 2024.
The Wellbeing Therapeutic Wing is being built in the grounds of ellenor hospice and will receive a wealth of modern, improved facilities, all of which are set to benefit patients, families and staff. This will allow the charity ellenor to continue and grow its support for people living with life limiting conditions – such as cancer, dementia, Parkinson’s and motor neurone disease – to live the best they can with the time they have left.
The new Wellbeing Therapeutic Wing marks the start of ellenor’s hospice upgrade programme. The bigger space will provide improved facilities with new counselling rooms, improved play therapy rooms for children, and a large multipurpose area for a range of therapeutic activities; it will also serve as a place for health and social care professionals to receive education and training in palliative and end-of-life care.
Lady Colgrain says: “I am thrilled to be breaking new ground on this exciting project for ellenor, which will make a hugely significant and long-lasting impact in an area where there is a real need for such services. The staff and volunteers work tirelessly to deliver exceptional care to patients and their families, and this new facility will help them to improve and develop the vital support they give at a time when it is most needed.”