Northfleet charity CEO waves goodbye after 26 years
PUBLISHED: 16:52 31 March 2014 | UPDATED: 14:37 02 April 2014
The chief executive of a leading Northfleet charity is retiring after 26 years in charge.
Carol Stone, who joined EllenorLions Hospice in 1988, stood down last week after helping to oversee the charity’s growth from a small organisation to one that helps thousands of patients every year.
Ms Stone said: “I had a dream and a vision for hospice care, and to be able to see it through is a tremendous gift.
“I am as excited about coming to work now, as I was 26 years ago because I’m so energised by the cause.
“I am very proud of the team and all that has been achieved.”
Ms Stone’s list of achievements include launching respite care in the local area, establishing the charity’s specialist children’s hospice at home service, called ChYps and overseeing the merger of the Ellenor Foundation and the Lions Hospice in 2007.
She added: “We have developed our care over the years by asking patients what would make a difference and listening to what they want.”
Ms Stone’s enjoyed “a celebratory send-off” on Monday (31) with her colleagues.