Kent cricketer Darren Stevens supports ellenor

PUBLISHED: 08:29 10 June 2016 | UPDATED: 08:29 10 June 2016

Darren Stevens supports ellenor

Darren Stevens supports ellenor


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Kent cricketer supports ellenor

Award-winning Kent cricketer Darren Stevens has chosen to support ellenor – the charity that helps families facing terminal illness in Kent – during his benefit year. The cricketer, who was Kent’s Player of the Year in 2005, 2010 and 2013, officially launched his fundraising year at a gala lunch in Maidstone.

Darren has set himself a target of raising £100,000 during his benefit year and told the gala launch audience: “During my benefit year I’m supporting ellenor, whose unique care and support for the whole family is given in the home so that families can stay together, which I think is great. I know if our little boy was ill, we’d want to stay together as a family. That’s why I’m giving my full support to ellenor.”

As a charity, not part of the NHS, ellenor needs to raise more than £6.7m each year to provide its round-the-clock care for families facing terminal illness. This includes providing such medical treatments as chemotherapy in the home for children, which prevents lengthy or stressful stays in hospital and means families can stay together.

Port of Dover aids community

An independent panel has awarded £97,404 in Port of Dover Community Fund grants to a range of local good causes.

The money, the second tranche from a community fund provided by the Port and administered by Kent Community Foundation, will go to 13 organisations supporting local people and will enhance the town’s reputation as a great place to live, work and visit.

Projects range from cultural events and arts activities to schemes that support disabled children and help enhance residents’ skills and employment opportunities.

The awarding panel, chaired by the Bishop of Dover, The Right Reverend Trevor Willmott, was impressed with the breadth of work going on in the local community.

The Fund was established in 2014 to benefit the Dover community, with a particular focus on supporting projects that provide opportunities for people to develop employment skills, as well as those offering activities that enrich the social and cultural life of Dovorians.

Andrew Garrett, Head of Funds at Kent Community Foundation said: “Huge congratulations to the very worthy projects supported by the panel. The level of grants made reflect the high calibre of work going on in the area. We are confident that there will be huge benefit to local people in Dover, and look forward to seeing the Fund’s impact develop.”

In total, the Port has already donated £350,000 to the Fund.

Growth for Tree of Hope

Kent charity Tree of Hope has created a new fundraising manager role to strengthen its team in supporting hundreds of sick and disabled children and their families across the UK.

Emma Bourne has taken up the position, working closely with ceo Gill Gibb, who recently joined the charity.

Emma has worked extensively with children and young people in her previous roles as development manager at St Mary’s Special School in Bexhill and as youth services manager for Voluntary Action Within Kent.

Tree of Hope, based in Tunbridge Wells, supports fundraising to help pay for specialist medical treatment, therapy and equipment which is not ordinarily available through the National Health Service. This includes funding treatment by medical specialists abroad, where the specific knowledge and facilities are available, in order to treat children as quickly as possible.

SNAAP to it

SNAAP (Special Needs Advisory & Activities Project), a charity based in Herne Bay that supports disabled children and their families, is seeking to raise funds to continue running its minibus short-break service which was discontinued after Easter.

This was a much-valued, popular service which provided disabled children an opportunity to have a fun day out with experienced staff while their parents had a break from their caring role.

These children have a wide variety of additional needs which makes it challenging for them to access the local community without this support.

If you can help at all, there’s a Just Giving donation page at: or visit:

Stream Walk

The Sherriff of Canterbury has presented five-year achievement awards to volunteers at Stream Walk Community Garden in Whitstable.

Stream Walk Community Garden has developed from a small allotment site which was underused by local residents to a thriving community garden for all ages and abilities to enjoy.

Kent Enterprise Trust and Transition Town Whitstable have worked together for more than five years to provide a resource for the whole community. Visitors and volunteers at the garden can enjoy the pond, well, greenhouse, poly tunnel, compost toilet, outdoor classroom, tree bank, tea shed, workshop, chemical-free fruit and several raised beds for growing vegetables all year round for the community.

● If you are retired or free on a Tuesday, between 10am and 2pm, want to get fit, meet new friends, gain new experiences or just exchange your gardening knowledge, why not join in? Contact Chrissi Martin, KET Projects Manager 01227 844475 or 07894 993590 or email:

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