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Patients and carers from Medway and Swale took the opportunity to receive one-to-one welfare benefits advice and support at an information event at the Wisdom Hospice, Rochester on Thursday 10 October 2013.

The event was held in support of Hospice Care Week 7-13 October 2013, a national week to raise awareness of the range of support available to people with life-limiting conditions and their families. Read More

Kate Browning volunteer Wisdom HospiceTo mark National Volunteers’ Week (1 to 7 June 2013) health teams at Medway Community Healthcare are celebrating the vital support local volunteers give every day.

In Medway and Swale, 280 community volunteers support 47 teams by giving more than 4,000 hours of their own time each month. Their roles are varied and include offering complementary therapy at the Wisdom Hospice; supporting new mothers with breastfeeding; helping at exercise rehabilitation groups and assisting with administrative tasks.

Kate Browning is one of the longest-serving volunteers at Medway Community Healthcare, having been at the Wisdom Hospice, Rochester in a variety of roles spanning twenty years. Kate, who is 74, began volunteering at the hospice in 1993, inspired by the ‘wonderful care’ the team gave to her mother-in-law.

Kate explained: “I started out as a volunteer driver, helping people living in Medway and Swale to get to the Day Hospice once a week. The conversations you have during each journey are very important, people feel comfortable with you and safe. It’s about giving them the most pleasant journey you can.”

Having been a driver for many years, Kate decided to volunteer within the Day Hospice.

Kate continued: “I saw how much the day of relaxation and support helped people and I wanted to be part of it. I made tea, helped people at lunchtime and was on hand for anything that people needed allowing staff time to concentrate on nursing and running the activities.

“I now work on the hospice ward as a spiritual care volunteer, talking to and comforting very ill patients and their families. The days are varied, I even recently helped a husband to bring his pet spaniel to visit his wife; I enjoy bringing a smile to people’s faces.

“I admire the wonderful care the hospice team provide, they are exceptional at what they do. To be connected with them even by putting in a small bit is a huge privilege.”

Natalie Taylor, voluntary services manager, explained: “Our volunteers, aged from 17 to 83, volunteer with us for a number of reasons. Some wish to remain active after retirement, others are healthcare students looking to gain experience and we also have some of our former patients volunteering as their way of giving something back.

“Medway Community Healthcare would like to say a huge thank you to our many inspiring volunteers for the support you give to staff, patients and their families during National Volunteers’ Week and beyond.”

If you would like to become a volunteer with Medway Community Healthcare please call 01634 830456 and ask to speak to a voluntary services manager or visit

THINGS are hotting up at the EllenorLions Hospices as our supporters step forward to do a charity Fire Walk.
Following the incredibly successful 2011 walk across the firebed, participants are lining up to have another go on the evening of Friday 12 October 2012. Walkers of all ages will be feeling the heat as they walk across burning wood to raise vital funds for EllenorLions Hospices.
And there are still 30 places available if you feel like putting your best foot forward and rising to the challenge.
Registration is £50 and we would like participants to try and raise a further £150 in sponsorship.
The fun event will help raise vital funds for children, young people and adults within the care of EllenorLions Hospices, who have a life threatening or life limiting illness and are being cared for either in their home or at our bedded hospice in Northfleet.
QUOTE Fundraiser Nicola Irvine said: “This is an amazing motivational event that might just be life changing.
We’ll have a barbeque and lots to see and do to keep your families and friends entertained whilst you prepare for your walk.”
The event is being hosted in partnership with Medway Safety Ltd and friends and family are all welcome to come along and watch brave participants face this incredible challenge.
For more information or to register contact Nicola Irvine on 01322 221 315 or email

Local EllenorLions Hospices would like to thank Sophie Warren for raising vital funds for children, young people and adults within their care who have a life threatening or life limiting illness and are being cared for either within their own home or at the EllenorLions Hospice in Northfleet. More

Visitors will be offered the chance to start their Christmas shopping at The Wisdom Hospice in November. The Friends of The Wisdom Hospice are holding their annual Christmas Fair at the Hospice in High Bank, Rochester on Saturday 26th November from 10am until 2pm. There will be over 20 stalls selling a wide range of goods including jewellery, handbags, candles, soaps and cakes. The Friends’ range of Christmas cards and goods will also be on sale and there will be plenty of games to try.

Santa will be making time in his busy schedule to visit between 11am and 1pm to listen to children’s Christmas wishes and to hand out gifts. Refreshments will also be available including soup and ploughman’s lunches. Admission is 50p for adults. Children go free.

The Wisdom Hospice is the only adult hospice serving the Medway and Swale area, providing specialist palliative care to patients with life limiting conditions. The Friends of the Wisdom Hospice support this work through an annual grant to Medway Community Healthcare. The grant for the current year is £560,000. In addition the Friends make grants to Crossroads and the Marie Curie Nursing Service to provide extra support to patients and their families in their own homes.

Emma Dengate, Fundraising Co-ordinator for The Friends of The Wisdom Hospice, said “This fair will have something for everyone. This is a great day out for the whole family and you are sure to pick up a Christmas bargain or two!” Further information available from: Emma Dengate – 01634 831163


The team of Henry’s Angels from Henry Schein UK Holdings pitched up at the EllenorLions Hospices More

IN SUPPORT OF EllenorLions Hospices ON SUNDAY 12TH JUNE 2011 BETWEEN 2PM – 5PM More

If you are, then EllenorLions Hospices are asking for any runners who have been lucky enough to qualify for a place in this year’s British 10K to run for them. More

On Friday 10th June 2011 from midday until 3pm EllenorLions Hospices will be holding a ‘Ladies Who Lunch’ at The Old Town Hall, Gravesend, DA11 0AZ. More

chYps started in 1994 as the Children and Young People’s Service of EllenorLions Hospices and provides full hospice care for children and young people who have a life threatening or life limiting illness and are being cared for within their home. More



George and Joe raised sponsorship by walking from Greenhithe to Bluewater, Dartford to help raise vital funds for EllenorLions Hospices, where their
Grandmothers were cared for. More


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