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PUBLISHED: 14:00 05 March 2008 | UPDATED: 09:32 23 August 2010

PATIENTS will benefit after £5,000 was donated to a hospice that covers north Kent. Ellenor Lions Hospice, in Coldharbour Road, Northfleet, was given the money by a cement firm and property company this week. Linda Trew, fundraising manager for the hosp

PATIENTS will benefit after £5,000 was donated to a hospice that covers north Kent.

Ellenor Lions Hospice, in Coldharbour Road, Northfleet, was given the money by a cement firm and property company this week.

Linda Trew, fundraising manager for the hospice, said: "We do receive some government funding, but that only amounts to around 22 per cent of the £5.7million we need to find every year.

"We cover a large area and are currently providing care for more than 500 patients.

"Receiving care in their own home is very important to our patients and their families, and this generous donation will provide six weeks of home care for around 14 patients."

The money was donated by Lafarge Cement, which has a factory in Northfleet, and Follett Property Holdings.

Staff at the hospice provide adult and children's hospice-at-home care, offer bed care, supply nursing and respite care alongside a range of activities and counselling.

David Simms, Lafarge land and planning director, said: "This provided an excellent opportunity for Lafarge to use some of our specialised skills and knowledge to raise money for charity.

"Northfleet Works is now the only cement works in the South-east, but there are many people in the area who were, or still are, connected with the cement industry, so it was important to us that the money went to charities providing local services."

To raise the money, both companies agreed to work together, with Lafarge managers providing expert input into planning inquiry evidence concerning a development at a former cement works in Warwickshire.

Instead of getting paid for the planning services, it was agreed the money would be donated to charities.

James Jason, of Follett Property Holdings, added: "The Ellenor Lions Hospice provides a remarkable service, supporting young and old in the area.

"The patients we met spoke very highly of the hospice staff and we are delighted to have been able to help them continue providing such a valuable service."

To make a donation to the hospice, visit www.lionshospice.co.uk.

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