Archbishop of Canterbury visits Demelza Kent

24 August 2016

The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Right Reverend Justin Welby, was full of praise for the love and care shown by Demelza when he visited our Kent Hospice at Sittingbourne.

The Archbishop, who is a Patron of the charity, toured the Hospice along with his wife, Mrs Caroline Welby, on what proved to be one of the hottest days of the year. The couple were shown around by eight-year old Malachi, who impressed the Archbishop no end with his knowledge of the Hospice and its facilities - and his adeptness at getting around, despite being blind.

The Archbishop took tea in our magnificent gardens, cared for largely by volunteers, where he met some of our families, volunteers and trustees, while listening to some of our children enjoying music therapy. He also explored our soft play centre and sensory room!

The Archbishop, who was welcomed by Chief Executive Ryan Campbell, chair of the Board of Trustees Sarah Phillips and Derek Phillips, our founder President, said: "This place is a tardis! It isn’t large on the outside but inside there is a whole country of wonderful care and love. I have been blown away by it.”

He was later presented with a paper dove, made by children in their art therapy, which bore all of their thumbprints.

We were also pleased to welcome Reverends Mike and Liz Resch, from Holy Trinity Church, Sittingbourne, among our other many supporters.

Check out our image gallery for more pictures from the visit.