Together for Short Lives is working in partnership with the TV channel Together on a new series called The Hospice focusing on the lives of children and adults supported by ellenor hospice in Kent. It will give viewers a unique opportunity to see the incredible care provided to children and adults by the staff and volunteers at ellenor.
Together will broadcast the first of 13 hour-long episodes of ‘The Hospice’ on Tuesday 8th May at 10pm. During the series you will see children like Harriet, aged two years, who has a heart condition and comes in for regular checkups. At the hospice, the specialist facilities available in the Fun Club enable her to have respite care and to play together with her twin sister and brother in a safe environment while her parents can discuss any concerns they have with the ellenor team.
Along with revealing the incredible work at ellenor, Together is partnering with Together for Short Lives and Hospice UK for the series to highlight the need of support of the hospices across the UK encouraging viewers to raise awareness for their vital work during Dying Matters Week (14-20 May) and Children’s Hospice Week (21-27 May), along with ongoing calls to action throughout June and July.
Alexander Kann, Chief Executive of Together said:
We are proud to be shining a light on the amazing work of the doctors, nurses, support staff and hundreds of volunteers that make ellenor’s work possible. Providing people with comfort, compassion and dignity in end-of-life and palliative care is one of the most valuable services in society. Hospices are at the heart of community and the public should be more aware of the amazing work hospices like ellenor do every day. We are partnering with ellenor, Hospice UK and Together for Short Lives to call on all our viewers to raise awareness for hospices and volunteer in hospices and in community care.
Barbara Gelb OBE, CEO for, Together for Short Lives said:
Public perceptions of children’s palliative care often focus on end of life care, and sadly too many people think that children’s hospices are dark and gloomy places for the dying. This perception couldn’t be further from the truth. The Hospice helps to shine a light on the lifeline work of ellenor, and of children’s hospices all over the UK, showing they are full of colour, love and joy. Vitally, it highlights their dedicated care for seriously ill children and families – for the whole of a child’s life, from diagnosis to the end of life, and in bereavement. I hope you will join me in supporting Children’s Hospice Week this May, to celebrate children’s hospices remarkable support – helping children and families to make every precious moment count.
Make a date to tune into Together from 8th May at 10pm and find out more www.togethertv.com