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£3,000 cash boost for Gravesend terminal illness charity

PUBLISHED: 09:09 07 March 2016 | UPDATED: 09:09 07 March 2016

Jacqui Hackett and Gravesend Freemasons

Jacqui Hackett and Gravesend Freemasons

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Ellenor, as not part of the NHS, needs to raise over £6.7m each year to provide its round-the-clock care

A charity which supports families facing terminal illness in Kent has received a cash boost of £3,000.

Representatives of several local lodges visited Ellenor in Gravesend to present the cheque and learn how the money would be used by the charity.

The funds will help them continue to provide care and support services to families - 90 per cent of which are delivered directly in the homes of service users.

Jacquie Hackett, director of patient care, gave an update on the work carried out by the charity, both in its centres and out in the community and highlighted the many new services that have been introduced in recent months.

These include a gym and clinics to help manage fall prevention, fatigue and breathlessness - all of which lead to significantly improved outcomes and a reduction in hospital visits.

Ms Hackett said: “Being diagnosed with a life limiting condition causes great anxiety, we aim to help relive that by caring for families in their place of choice.

“As a charity, not part of the NHS, ellenor needs to raise over £6.7 million each year to provide its round-the-clock care for families facing terminal illness.

“We’re extremely grateful for this donation and the ongoing support we’ve had from Freemasonry over the years.

“They are essential for us to continue our work.”

Tony Lewis, representing Gravesend Freemasons added: “We’ve had a long association with Ellenor and are constantly amazed by incredible work they do.

“We know our donations play a small part in helping them deliver their vital services and know that everyone in the community owes them a huge debt of gratitude.”

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