Hospice raises five-figure sum at star-studded London event

PUBLISHED: 13:50 08 November 2016 | UPDATED: 13:50 08 November 2016

Local hospice ellenor held its Orange Ball last week. Photography: David Bartholomew

Local hospice ellenor held its Orange Ball last week. Photography: David Bartholomew

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Nearly £80,000 was raised for ellenor

A hospice which provides end of life care to people of all ages raised thousands of pounds last week.

At its Orange Ball event, an auction helped ellenor hospice raise a record £77,000 - enough to fund one of the charity’s specialist children’s nurses for 18 months.

The hospice is the only service in Kent to provide care to seriously ill children in the comfort of their own home.

Hundreds of people turned out the ball at The Grange, St Paul’s to watch Good Morning Britain’s Charlotte Hawkins and Location Location Location’s Phil Spencer compere the evening.

“It’s a service we all hope we’ll never need - but the fact that ellenor provides it, is incredible” commented Channel 4 property specialist, Phil Spencer.

Added Charlotte Hawkins: “I am very honoured to be a Patron of this really special charity. I was inspired to get involved when I met the Read family – who ellenor supported when both of their young sons were ill and very sadly died. ellenor helped to keep the family together at this really difficult time; everyone involved does an absolutely fantastic job.”

With other guests including The Wanted’s Tom Parker and ex-EastEnders actress Cheryl Fergison, visitors had the chance to buy items including a script from the soap opera and a chance to join Parker on stage that night.

The hospice’s chief executive, Claire Cardy, commented: “The only way we can continue to expand our services is through the generous support of our community.

“A huge thank you to everyone who made our second Orange Ball so successful - including our wonderful celebrity supporters.”

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