• Fun and games as Demelza open its doors

    by User Not Found | Sep 26, 2016
    More than 500 visitors turned out to support Demelza when the charity threw open the doors of its Kent Hospice to the public.

    Guests had a chance to tour the hospice and see the fantastic facilities which enable children with life-limiting illness to make the most of every day.

    There were appearances from Peppa Pig, Demelza’s mascot Dotty and Kent Fire and Rescue Service, with music from Sittingbourne’s local radio station SFM 106.9 and the UK Paper band.

    The chocolate tombola was a firm favourite, along with stalls selling art and crafts, gifts, cakes and jewellery, as well as Demelza’s new range of Christmas cards for 2016.

    Chief Executive Ryan Campbell said: “It is a highlight of our year to welcome members of the public to Demelza and show them how their donations have enabled us to make such a difference to so many young people and their families.”

    Among guests were octogenarian John Miles from Canterbury who has raised almost £40,000 in the past 15 years for Demelza and Kaitlyn Gunner from Sittingbourne who had 12 inches chopped off her long locks, raising £500 for the charity.

    Kaitlyn donated her hair to the Little Princess Trust, to be made into wigs for children, but gave the sponsorship to Demelza – a charity she has supported previously, by running 5K, making loom bands for sale and donating her toys to the hospices in Sittingbourne and Eltham.

    Kaitlyn said: “I love my long hair and all the pretty hairstyles I can have but wanted to donate my hair so that other girls and boys can have the hairstyle they want.”

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  • Home from home: New partnership with Bellway

    by User Not Found | Sep 26, 2016
    We were delighted to show representatives from Bellway Homes around Demelza Kent to mark a new partnership.

    The Kent-based company has made an initial donation of £300 and was invited to look around the Sittingbourne hospice to see first hand what difference their support will make.

    Claire Ellis-Waghorn, Acting Director of Voluntary Income, met with Bellway representatives to discuss the services provided at Demelza Kent and described the various roles the hospice plays in many families’ lives across the South Coast.

    “Regardless of whether we have children staying with us for an extended period of time or just visiting for the day, it is important that Demelza feels like a home from home for children and their families.” Claire explained. “The whole site, from its location through to the design of each room and the importance we place on children customising their own spaces, has been carefully considered. Our sponsorships allow us to create these wonderful environments where children can relax and enjoy the normalities of family life, with the benefits of having trained carers on hand and interiors adapted for necessary medical equipment.”

    Julie Heather, Technical and Commercial Secretary for Bellway Kent said: “We were honoured by Claire’s invitation to better understand the services Demelza provides, and were truly touched by the incredible work everyone involved does here.

    “We are sure our donation will be put towards furthering their fantastic facilities, and hope this is the beginning of a long and supportive relationship.