Demelza SEL (South East London)

Demelza SEL provides professional, specialist, one-to-one care and support and access to life-enhancing facilities for babies, children and young people up to the age of 19.

Situated in the heart of South East London, our Eltham hospice has excellent transport links into the capital and is surrounded by local amenities and beautiful parks. With many leisure facilities and activities, Demelza SEL is the perfect retreat, whether for day or short-term respite residential care.

Each child who visits Demelza SEL has access to their own bedroom, with a specialist bed or cot and ensuite bathroom. The hospice also has specially adapted bedrooms, designed to enable an enhanced level of independence for young people staying with us. Parents and siblings are welcome to stay in our family accommodation, complete with kitchenette and lounge.

Demelza kitchen staff pride themselves in providing delicious food to cater for all different tastes and specialist diets including vegetarian and halal.

Children, young people and their families staying at Demelza SEL also have access to networked computers, fitted with special needs equipment such as touch screens and adjustable tables. All the computers have parental control software installed.

Our hospice in Eltham really is a special, special place – not just because of our families, staff and volunteers – but even more so following the incredible Space to Grow building project by Osborne Construction.

The team worked tirelessly to complete the transformation in just 14 days, ensuring we now have the room and space to deliver our outstanding care. Our heartfelt thanks to all involved.

To see just how truly inspirational this project has been, check out the video below. 

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Facilities at Demelza SEL include:

Music & sensory room

A room chock full of musical equipment from a piano through to a drum set, plus recording equipment. The room is used for group sessions or for one-to-one music therapy. It also offers a safe and colourful environment for play, therapy and relaxation, with a sensory magic carpet for all to enjoy.


The perfect place to play. Our wheelchair accessible playground offers hours of fun for children staying at Demelza SEL, complete with a swing, roundabout, seesaw, climbing frame, gazebo and water feature.

Wet play room


The perfect setting for children and siblings to enjoy messy play, make cards, draw pictures and create artwork during memory making.

Day room


This multi-purpose room is the hub of the hospice, and is a space where children and young people can relax, play, read, watch television and enjoy time with Demelza care staff.