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Hospice charity ellenor is delighted to have received a donation of £100,000 from a Kent estate agency to help fund an exciting new redevelopment project.

ellenor has received a grant of £100,00 from Wards to be invested over a two year period to support its work caring for local families living with life limiting conditions in the North Kent area and help fund an extension to the hospice building in Northfleet.

The proposed extension will incorporate a new, modern Wellbeing Centre to provide and expand outpatient services and serve as a facility for training and education on palliative and end of life care.

Wards has been a long-term supporter of ellenor, especially of its care for babies and children and their families. This year they are also funding a children’s nurse for the charity.

Former Group Managing Director David Lench said: “Wards have supported ellenor over many years and will continue where it can. We want to support children who are either mentally or physically disabled. ellenor is dealing with children who have life limiting illness, so it all fits together very well.

“We started the charitable side of our business 15 to 20 years ago and we chose children because all the directors felt lucky and blessed to have healthy children when we knew there were other families facing such dreadful situations. We were recognising our own good fortune and recognising those less fortunate.”

In the past Wards gave ellenor nurses office space in its Tonbridge branch, so they could be closer to patients in West Kent, and the firm provided nurses with yellow Volkswagen Beetles to get to their appointments out and about in the community.

ellenor’s new Wellbeing Centre will mean a vast improvement to its outpatient facilities, creating extra space for play therapy, counselling and a range of other activities from seated exercise to gardening. There will also be quiet space where patients and their families can relax and spend special time together.


As well as Wards making large grants to charitable organisations, it also encourages individual staff members to support their own charities.

Mr Lench said: “If someone wants to support a particular charity of their choice, we will support that. For instance, we will pay the entry cost if a member of staff wants to take part in a charity event.”

The annual Children's Awards, organised by Wards and supported by the KM Media Group and the Kent Community Foundation, recognise brave and courageous children and the families and organisations which support them. This October, TV presenter Charlotte Hawkins, one of ellenor’s patrons is once again hosting the event.

The estate agents are keen to support ellenor’s new plans for the hospice. The new Wellbeing Centre will enable ellenor to continue and enhance the support for people with life-limiting conditions, such as heart failure, dementia, Muscular Dystrophy, Parkinson’s and Motor Neurone Disease (MND) to live the best they can with the time they have left.

Mr Lench said: “It’s sad that there is such an insatiable demand for these services, and we are so proud to be part of such an amazing opportunity to support our local community and to give back to the children within.

“I think ellenor’s hospice at home service is also unbelievable. Some other charities receive far bigger amounts in grants and that must make it difficult for smaller charities like ellenor; they only have so much in the pot.”