Fun and games as Demelza open its doors

26 September 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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