Honour for Northfleet hospice celebrating 25 years
PUBLISHED: 11:25 30 September 2010
A charity which cares for patients with life-threatening illnesses has been given the freedom of a neighbouring borough after two new footbridges were named in its honour.
The Northfleet-based EllenorLions Hospice had the new bridges in Central Park, Dartford, named after them on Saturday and received a double boost when Dratford Borough Council leader Jeremy Kite awarded them the Freedom of the Borough.
Hospice spokesperson Linda Trew said: “EllenorLions Hospices would like to send their sincerest thanks to Dartford Council for honouring the hospices in this way. It was definitely an occasion to remember for everyone concerned. We are very aware that as a charity we would not have been able to achieve 25 years of care if it were not for the tremendous support of the community at large.
“So we would like to take this opportunity to thank all our supporters.”
The charity’s cheif executive Carol Stone and Alan Betts, a member of the EllenorLions Hospices Bereavement Group, cut the ribbon to declare the park bridges open. They were joined by councillor Party Thurlow as the charit marked 23 years service to residents in north Kent.
EllenorLions Hospices is only the second organisation to receive the Freedom of The Borough.
The charity, which has a 15-bed hospice in Coldharbour Road, Northfleet, offers care and support to children, young people and adults with either a life-threatening or a life-limiting illness.