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Christmas charities

Every year in lieu of sending out Christmas cards we make a donation to two local charities and this year we will be donating £750 each to Ellenor and Gravesham Sanctury. In their own words information about each organisation and details of how you can also support them.

“Since 1985, Ellenor has been providing compassionate hospice care to those that need it most.  Our vision is simple: those facing the end of life should have the best care possible wherever they choose.

Our care encompasses support that is tailored to an individual’s need in a way that will offer support to their carers and family as well.  For those requiring a tranquil place for their end of life hospice care, our Inpatient Ward can provide this gently and efficiently.  We also offer Adult Hospice at Home for individuals who would like to receive end of life care within their own comforting space.

Beyond the end of life care you might expect from a hospice, our care includes a variety of holistic approaches to enrich the lives of our patients and their families, as much as we can.  From day therapy options where we aim to improve the quality of patients to our wellbeing bereavement services and counselling which offers support to individuals and their families through treatment and complementary therapies.  We also offer financial advice to assist families in seeking financial benefits they may be entitled to.  We constantly work to offer a rounded approach to hospice care for our patients and those that love them.”

“Gravesham Sanctuary is a registered Charity and supported by Churches Together in Gravesham, to provide an overnight shelter during the coldest months of the year (October – April) for the homeless community living in the town.  We do this by:

•  Taking care of their needs through direct help in providing:

      –  A safe, place to sleep during the winter months

      –  Hot food and drinks

      –  Showers

      –  Help in getting paperwork ID

•  Signposting them to agencies and local groups who can help with:

      –  Clothing and Laundry

      –  Accommodation

      –  Employment

      –  Physical and mental health

      –  Repatriation to their home country

•  Helping them to make something of their life as a disciple
of Jesus Christ.

We are a Christian organisation and as such believe that fullness in life is experienced when someone enters into a personal relationship with God.  However,  we do not believe in ramming home our beliefs and welcome anyone of any race or belief.  It is through our actions and love for mankind that we demonstrate the lifestyle we would like others to adopt.

As with any project involving funds raised from the public, the project is run and managed according to a strict code of governance.  Gravesham Sanctuary CIO is an independent charity with its own bank account and a steering group made up of people from a number of Gravesham Churches.”