For over 30 years, ellenor has been at the forefront of supporting people living with life-limiting conditions.
Supported by the generosity of our local Kent and Bexley communities, we work hard to provide care and support to those in need. We are here for young and old alike, and for those in need during an extremely difficult time – working tirelessly to improve their lives, as well as those of their families and loved ones.
Of course, it’s a team effort – and we couldn’t do it without the firm backing of our supporters within the community.
Our supporters provide a vital source of funding: generating the funds we need simply to be able to continue our services. Through creating, organising, and running their own events – and attending those we organise – our supporters raise not only funds, but awareness. Of what ellenor does, where we’re located, who we support, and when we provide that support – 24/7.
Events Assistant Sarah Williams, 46, is part of our Supporter Engagement team. Forming the crucial connective tissue between ellenor and our community support, her role is to help plan, promote and deliver ellenor’s events – which include the Twilight Walk, Lights of Love, and annual Walkathon – and aid our supports in ideating and coordinating their own events and challenges.
In the past, our supporters have skydived, run marathons, organised football matches, and even hosted rock ‘n’ roll nights.
One local gym owner runs regular fundraising events – including an annual deadlifting contest – while a young Gravesend trio took on the Goggins challenge: a four mile run, every four hours, for 48 hours. Another supporter-led event featured an eight-year-old boy taking to the screen to live stream his video game skills to raise money for ellenor.
Fancy fundraising for us? Pick up the phone, dial the number of our Supporter Engagement team, and it’ll most likely be Sarah on the other end.
Born and raised in Gravesend, Sarah – like many of our supporters in the community – has a long-standing, deeply personal connection with ellenor.
When Sarah was just 18, we looked after her nan as she entered the last two months of her life. We also supported the family throughout – particularly Sarah’s granddad – as they processed and persevered throughout the loss.
“I always remember coming to ellenor in the morning, before work – someone would make me toast, and a cup of tea. I could come whenever I wanted; simply to sit with my nan. It was the most amazing thing, because it was about all of us as a family. Everyone at ellenor made us feel so welcome, and it felt like a home from home for nan as, well.
“After nan died, ellenor became a place we’d continue to visit on a regular basis.”