Vision

For life to be better for children and young people who have serious or terminal conditions; and for their parents, brothers and sisters, and those who love them, to receive support. 

Mission

To provide specialist care and emotional support for babies, children, young people and the whole family from diagnosis, during day to day family life, times of crisis, end of life and through bereavement.

To influence the care and support provided by others.

At Demelza, we believe every child and young person who has a serious or terminal condition should receive the care and attention they need to live the most fulfilling life they can, and that they and their families have the opportunity to build memories, for however long they have together.

Our sites

The outside of Demelza's Kent hospice.

Demelza Kent

Set in beautiful grounds and with serene gardens, our Sittingbourne hospice boasts many leisure facilities and activities, coupled with expert care from our nursing and care team.
Demelza Kent
The front of Demelza's South East London hospice.

Demelza South East London

Situated in the heart of South East London, our hospice in Eltham has excellent transport links into the Capital and is surrounded by local amenities and beautiful parks. 

Demelza South East London
The entrance of Demelza's East Sussex hospice.

Demelza East Sussex

Demelza offers a community hospice at home service for children and young people up to the age of 18, providing respite and end of life care in the comfort of a child’s own home across East Sussex.

Demelza East Sussex

See the services we offer

Chloe and her family play together, with a health care assistant.

Support for the family

Demelza offers support for the family as well as the child, parents, carers, siblings and grandparents. Read about the support and groups available.

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A bedroom with a single bed and cold cot.

End of life care

Our nursing and family support teams are available to help you think about the choices you may wish to consider at this time.

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Ralph and a Registered Nurse ringing the HMS bell at Demelza Kent.

Short breaks

Our short breaks and day care can be of benefit to the whole family. We offer short breaks at home, overnight short breaks in the hospice, and day care in the home, community and in the hospice.

When a child comes to stay with us they will be invested in the whole time they are here. They will be given opportunities to have fun, make memories and receive the expert medical care they need.

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Chloe and her family play together, with a health care assistant.

Support for the family

Demelza offers support for the family as well as the child, parents, carers, siblings and grandparents. Read about the support and groups available.

A bedroom with a single bed and cold cot.

End of life care

Our nursing and family support teams are available to help you think about the choices you may wish to consider at this time.

Ralph and a Registered Nurse ringing the HMS bell at Demelza Kent.

Short breaks

Our short breaks and day care can be of benefit to the whole family. We offer short breaks at home, overnight short breaks in the hospice, and day care in the home, community and in the hospice.

When a child comes to stay with us they will be invested in the whole time they are here. They will be given opportunities to have fun, make memories and receive the expert medical care they need.

Our latest news articles

A charity skydiver is wearing his skydive jumpsuit, pulling open the chest to show his Demelza t-shirt underneath.
16th June 2022

Why jump out of a perfectly good plane?

Fundraiser and first-time skydiver, Malcolm, has shared his reflections after taking on our tandem skydive challenge!

Find out more
Ralph and his brother in the soft play ball pit at Demelza Kent.
09th June 2022

Carers' Week 2022

“By the age of four Freddie had learned what to do with the medication and he’d know exactly how to save Ralph’s life if he needed to.” To mark Carers’ Week 2022, we are sharing Ralph and brother, Freddie’s story.

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Sean is standing outside the Millwall Football Stadium, wearing a Demelza t-shirt, holding a collection bucket.
01st June 2022

Volunteers' Week: Sean's story

Volunteers' Week 2022 is here and it's a time to say thanks - and a time to recognise and celebrate the contribution of our volunteers to our communities. Volunteer of four years, Sean, has shared a glimpse into his volunteering journey at Demelza.

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A charity skydiver is wearing his skydive jumpsuit, pulling open the chest to show his Demelza t-shirt underneath.
16th June 2022

Why jump out of a perfectly good plane?

Fundraiser and first-time skydiver, Malcolm, has shared his reflections after taking on our tandem skydive challenge!

Find out more
Ralph and his brother in the soft play ball pit at Demelza Kent.
09th June 2022

Carers' Week 2022

“By the age of four Freddie had learned what to do with the medication and he’d know exactly how to save Ralph’s life if he needed to.” To mark Carers’ Week 2022, we are sharing Ralph and brother, Freddie’s story.

Find out more
Sean is standing outside the Millwall Football Stadium, wearing a Demelza t-shirt, holding a collection bucket.
01st June 2022

Volunteers' Week: Sean's story

Volunteers' Week 2022 is here and it's a time to say thanks - and a time to recognise and celebrate the contribution of our volunteers to our communities. Volunteer of four years, Sean, has shared a glimpse into his volunteering journey at Demelza.

Find out more