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Young hospice patients celebrate at family fun day

PUBLISHED: 12:45 24 August 2016

Dean Woodgate and his son Harry, an Ellenor patient, with a bird of prey from Eagle Heights.

Dean Woodgate and his son Harry, an Ellenor patient, with a bird of prey from Eagle Heights.

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Local hospice ellenor put on the event for its patients

Children cared for at ellenor hospice in Gravesend had the chance to celebrate last week during a family event.

Visitors had the chance to hold a real Olympic torch, as well as meet birds of prey from the nearby Eagle Heights sanctuary.

Five-year-old patient Harry Woodgate from Northfleet was joined by his family, including sister Rhianne, aged ten.

Harry’s mother Samantha Woodgate said: “Meeting other ellenor families is really lovely.

“It helps us to realise that we’re not alone, we’re all in the same boat. It’s also great that Rhianne gets included as well.”

Respite coordinator at the charity, Tina Humphreys, praised the day’s success.

She said: “We know that our families really enjoy the day. It’s a chance to get out and meet other families in a safe, fun and friendly environment.

“We couldn’t do it without lots of support - so a huge thank you to all the companies and individuals who made it possible.”

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