Demelza is celebrating after winning a prestigious digital award for our new website which launched in January.
We were victorious in the Website: School, Education or Charity category at the Kent Digital Awards, beating off competition from Bedes Summer School, CXK, Kent College Pembury, Manor House Forest School, Parenta and the RNLI Shannon Appeal.
The awards took place at the Brands Hatch Motorsport Vision Centre in Longfield on Thursday (23 June) with former BBC presenter Robin Bailey hosting.
Judges said: "The positive work of this organisation is reflected in a striking tasteful way, by a website that educates and inspires in equal measure. The frequent and engaging blog updates, further add to a superb user experience."
Our dream to create a vibrant new website with a focus on striking images of the families we support was realised thanks to the help of web developers Itineris and 35-year-old volunteer Simon Asselman.
Father-of-two Simon from Kings Hill, who generously gives his time one day a week, said: “I’m extremely proud to be a volunteer at Demelza. Having been involved in the design and delivery of the new web site from the start, it’s wonderful to see the efforts of our project team be formally recognised with a Gold Award.
“Recognition like this really inspires me to want to do more and I’m eager to see what we will achieve next together.”
Visitors to the demelza.org.uk homepage can also view a video called #ItsAboutLife, which gives an insight into the vital care Demelza provides to seriously ill babies, children and young people and their families across Kent, East Sussex and South East London.
Tessa Paton, Head of Marketing & Communications at Demelza said: “We are absolutely delighted to have won in the ‘Website: School, Education or Charity’ category. Our primary aim was to create a user friendly site and to let emotive images of our care do the talking.
“We also wanted to challenge the misconception that children’s hospice care is consumed with sadness and bring our stakeholders a new site that is vibrant, colourful and captures the essence of what Demelza is all about – Life.”