Hundreds of families, staff, supporters and volunteers joined VIPs at Canterbury Cathedral for a celebration of Christmas on Monday 20 December.
The Choir of Canterbury Cathedral led a rousing Carol Concert to mark the start of the festive season along with West Malling Community Choir.
A highlight of this year’s concert was one of Demelza’s younger children, Hallie, singing the favourite carol ‘Little Donkey,’ accompanied by the charity’s Therapy Services Manager Jane O’Neill on flute.
Among those reading were The Right Worshipful The Lord Mayor of Canterbury, Councillor George Metcalfe, The Admiral of the Fleet, The Lord Boyce KG GCB OBE DL, Demelza founder president Derek Phillips and Heart FM Drivetime presenter Neil Kefford. Canon Clare Edwards welcomed guests and lit the festive candle.
Demelza’s Events Co-ordinator Lianne Lloyd said: “Thank you so much to everyone who came to Canterbury Cathedral for our celebration of Christmas. As well as being a great start to your Christmas celebrations you were supporting our work with life-limited and life-threatened children and their families.”
For most of us, Christmas is a time to be with family.
But as the nation settles down for The Queen’s Speech, vital work continues at Demelza.
At Demelza Kent nurses will be providing round-the-clock care to seriously babies, children, and young people and their families.
Debbie McSwiney, Care Services Lead – Kent who is working on Christmas Day said: “Demelza Kent is in full operation Christmas mode the trees and decks are all up and looking stunning, the children’s stocking are hanging up ready for a visit from Santa.
“Christmas is a very special time for my team and I as we have the pleasure of working and being alongside our families that are with us this Christmas – Demelza care team are ready to make it an extra special this year.”