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On Thursday 13 June at the Lees Cliff hotel, Folkestone, Heart of Kent Hospice was named ‘Kent Care Charity of the Year’  at the Kent Charity Awards.

The Awards, now in their fifth year recognise the outstanding contribution charities and voluntary groups undertake to make the lives of others better, across Kent.

This year Heart of Kent Hospice was delighted to be crowned Kent Care Charity 2019. The award was given in recognition of the expert and personalised end-of-life care they provide to patients with a terminal illness and their families in the local community.

On receiving the award Sarah Pugh, Chief Executive said, “I’m very fortunate that I regularly receive letters from the friends and family of the loved ones we care for, thanking us for the difference we have made at a very difficult time in their lives. I am incredibly proud of our professional and dedicated team of colleagues and volunteers who are committed to providing outstanding care and support to patients, families and carers, across every part of the Hospice. As a charity reliant on the generosity of our local communities, I would like to thank all our supporters who enable us to continue to provide our specialist care while each year we see demand for our services grow.”

Hospice patient Paula has been receiving support from the Hospice for the past year, since being diagnosed with a brain tumour. She says, “If anyone had told me a year ago I’d be going to the Hospice and doing all these things I’ve done I’d have never believed them. I’m so chuffed the amazing work of the Hospice that I know so well, has been recognised by others.”

If you would like to find out more about supporting Heart of Kent Hospice visit www.hokh.org or call 01622 790195

About the Hospice

Heart of Kent Hospice, established in 1991, provides compassionate end-of-life care for people facing the challenge of living with a terminal illness in Maidstone, Aylesford, Tonbridge, Malling and the surrounding areas.

The Hospice has built an excellent reputation within the local community for the quality of our care, which has been further endorsed by the Care Quality Commission who awarded us with an overall rating of ‘Outstanding’ following an inspection in February 2017.

Our vision is for everyone living with a terminal illness in our community to achieve the best quality of life.   We are committed to achieving this by enabling them to live in comfort, with independence and dignity to the end of their lives, and to support those closest to them.

Last year the Hospice cared for 1,587 patients and their families in their own homes or at our Aylesford-based Hospice. Our services cost £4 million a year to run and we depend heavily on our loyal supporters, whose generous donations and fundraising activity account for £4 out of every £5 spent on our services.

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