This year is set to be another busy one for Demelza Hospice Care for Children as we continue to provide vital care and support to hundreds of children with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions and their families.
One of the ways we support babies, children and young people is through a range of therapies. This has proved a great help to Matthew, 13, from Gillingham, who started art therapy at Demelza Kent in Sittingbourne as he moved from primary to secondary school. His parents were worried that Matthew, who was diagnosed with severe pulmonary hypertension and needed a heart and lung transplant when he was four, would struggle at a new school which could cope with his medical needs but where he knew no-one.
Matthew saw Demelza art therapist Josie Mahoney once a week for over a year, using paint and clay to explore his emotions.
“He has been able to work out his feelings and frustrations. It’s something just for him - he comes out relaxed, and it’s given him confidence,” said his mum, Sharon.
This level of support costs a great deal of money and the majority of what we need to run our services day to day comes from donations from individuals, corporate supporters, our charity shops, our Lottery and those leaving gifts in Wills.