Royal approval for Demelza's carnival entry

27 May 2016
Demelza Hospice Care for Children’s entry in Eastbourne Carnival has attracted the interest of The Queen.

The charity’s entry in the carnival will have a vintage tea party theme to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday. Support Worker Katie Wilmshurst decided to let the Palace know about it and was delighted to receive a letter back from Susan Hussey, her Lady in Waiting.

It said: “The Queen was deeply moved to know of the support and care your team are able to offer to families in Sussex and of your activities to raise funds to enable this work to continue. Her Majesty was interested to hear you are to take part in the Sunshine Carnival in Eastbourne and that your float is to take the theme of a tea party to celebrate the Queen’s birthday.”

Toni Finnimore, Community Services Manager said:" The team have worked extremely hard on this year's entry and the amount of local support has been overwhelming so to have had acknowledgement from the Palace really is the icing on the cake. Thank you to all that have offered help, we look forward to seeing you on the day"

As well as a vintage tea party theme the front of the float will feature the logo of the charity, which provides hospice at home specialist care for children across East Sussex, in balloon form.

This is thanks to Daina Martin, who runs Over the Moon party shop in Pevensey Bay, who estimates it will take around 100 balloons to make the 6ft red and white model of a clown doing a handstand.

Daina admitted: “It is certainly the most challenging thing I have made because it’s angled.”

Demelza Community support worker Chelsea Spence, a former Eastbourne Carnival Queen, who is leading the charity’s entry said: “Thank you so much to Daina and everyone at Over the Moon for their support. This will really make us stand out. It really captures Demelza and everyone will know it is us.”

The Eastbourne Sunshine Carnival will take place on the Seafront on Saturday 11 June. More than 1,500 walkers are expected to take part with some 25,000 fans and supporters there to cheer them on.