Kent Charity Profile: ellenor
Hospice care is a hugely important part of many people’s lives and the charity, ellenor, makes sure that everyone of all ages with any illness and from all walks of life, can have a comfortable and dignified death.
What is it that ellenor does?
We are a charity funded by the generosity of our local community, offering the best care and support to families facing terminal illness in Kent. We are the only charity in Kent that provides hospice care for people of all ages – babies, children and adults – and their families. Hospice care is a philosophy, not a building; it’s holistic care that supports the whole family. It isn’t just for older people with cancer either, we care for all ages – people with COPD, organ failure, Alzheimer’s/dementia and neurological disorders. Our children’s service also cares for those with complex life-limiting disabilities and we also have a number of support groups for carers and bereaved family members.
What is the charity’s history?
Following the death of his mother, Ellen, and father Norman, Graham Perolls founded the charity in 1985, inspired by a vision that those facing the end of life should have only the best care possible either at home, or as close to it as possible. At the heart of this vision was the impact end of life care has on families – something eventually we will all face. Graham’s vision was to help others who find themselves on the same journey that he had travelled with his parents and to do everything in his power to make the journey the best it could be. In founding the charity, both Ellen and Norman could live on through the work of others, enabling everyone to receive the ultimate in care and love at the end of their life.
How can our readers become ellenor volunteers?
If you’ve ever considered volunteering, now is a great time to go for it. We have lots of exciting opportunities for volunteers of all ages and with a variety of skills. Volunteers can help in so many ways, such as assisting in our shops and befriending patients and families, to driving our minibus and helping at events. We’ll provide all the training – you just need to bring your enthusiasm! You can find out more at https://ellenor.org/volunteering, or by calling 01474 320007.
What does the future hold?
Demand for our services is growing. Last year, we treated over 2,500 families and one child or young person is newly referred to us every week. We don’t ever want to be in the position where we can’t provide our specialist care and support to families facing the diagnosis of a terminal illness, and we really couldn’t provide our services without your generosity and support. We have plenty of fundraising events coming up to help raise more money and interest – you can find further details at https://ellenor.org – thank you very much for your continued support.
ellenor, 01474 320 00744 High Street Swanscombe DA10 0AB