According to Mayor of Gravesham Cllr Peter Scollard you simply can’t put a price on the services offered by ellenor.
He chose ellenor as one of his charities for his time in office after seeing how vital it is to patients, their families, and to the whole community. He and his partner Julie Easy, who is mayoress, are now busy organising one of their biggest fundraisers yet – a 1920s casino and music night in Gravesend in February.
Cllr Scollard became mayor in May 2022 and has taken his year-long commitment to serve the people of Gravesham very seriously indeed.
He said: “Gravesham includes some areas that are in the top 10 per cent of the indices of multiple deprivation and you simply can't put a price on having a local service like ellenor on your doorstep.
“The charity does great work, not just for the person reaching the end of life but for the whole family network around them. It has never been more important to remember those less fortunate, whether it be due to illness, financial hardship or loneliness.
“ellenor is definitely a charity the community identifies with – I saw this first hand at this year’s Twilight Walk, when so many people from Gravesham and the surrounding area turned up to take part.”
Through Cllr Scollard’s work for Gravesham Borough Council, as an elected councillor and now as mayor, he has heard many stories of the support offered by ellenor and how it has helped people through the most difficult of times.
He said: “Having ellenor here is vital for our community. Local charities can respond to the needs of a community. They work at the coalface and can offer tailored levels of support larger, national charities may not be able to offer.”
When charities like ellenor are reaching out more than ever for support from businesses and individuals, the friendship and affirmation of community leaders and figureheads is invaluable.
Having the mayor at hand to host and appear at events is particularly important for ellenor while work is carried out at its hospice site in Northfleet to create a state-of-the-art new wellbeing centre.
Cllr Scollard said: “Wellbeing is such an important issue, especially after the pressures of Covid and now the cost-of-living crisis.”
The mayoress is keen to support Cllr Scollard in all his fundraising ventures. She has been a youth worker her whole career, working for a variety of charities, and now helps vulnerable young people. She also loves spending time with her own children and listening to live music – something she often incorporates in her fundraising ventures.
The mayoral couple are raising money for three charities during their year in office, ellenor, Homestart and Age UK North West Kent.