Otford-based Hospices of Hope cares for adults and children suffering from terminal or life-limiting illness. The organisation has 13 charity shops in the South East including ones in Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells and East Grinstead, while their shops in Otford and Faversham have welcoming tea rooms selling homemade cakes and other refreshment
Tunbridge Wells resident, Graham Perolls CMG, OBE, established the charity following a visit in the 1980s to a cancer hospital in Romania where he met a young cancer sufferer who was in agony. Like all the patients in the hospital the man was not receiving any basic care or pain relief and was simply left to die in extreme pain. Graham was so moved by this that he set up Hospices of Hope. Originally offering hospice care in Romania, the charity now also works in Serbia and Moldova. In all these countries the need is desperate.
As well as providing hospice care, the charity trains medical professionals who pass on their new skills to their patients. Its first training centre is named after Diana, Princess of Wales, who was very supportive of the charity.
To date it has trained more than 20,000 professionals from more than 20 countries.
• For more information, to volunteer or donate, visit the website www.hospicesofhope.co.uk