• Demelza on TV - text Memories to donate

    by User Not Found | Jan 30, 2017

    A number of our children have taken part in a TV commercial which aims to raise awareness of Demelza in London and the South East.

    The commercial, made possible thanks to Kent-based Swale Heating donating £26,000-worth of their own air-time to us, was filmed by Red Goat, with the voice-over recorded at the Sunlight Centre, Gillingham.

    Due to be aired in the London and Meridian regions from February, the commercial features the voice of 11-year old Caitlin, who recites a moving poem which accompanies the 30-second commercial.

    As well as promoting the vital work of Demelza, the advert prompts viewers to text to donate – a key feature, as the charity is reliant on community generosity to be able to provide care to families in need.

    Viewers are invited to text 'MEMORIES' to 70660 to donate £3. You can also donate via our website here

    Demelza Chief Executive Ryan Campbell said: “This is the first time Demelza has advertised on television and we are enormously grateful to Swale Heating for giving us this exciting opportunity.

    “It will bring our work to the attention of a wide audience and hopefully show them what a vital service we provide to families of children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions.”

    Caitlin, who suffered a stroke at the age of four and has complex heart problems, said: “It was brilliant to be asked to be the voice for Demelza, even though I was really nervous. I felt like I was speaking out on behalf of all the other children who use Demelza, which was a real privilege.”

    Swale Heating displays the Demelza logo on its vans and services our heating free of charge. The company is always looking for more ways to support Demelza and Sales Director Matthew Edwards said: “Demelza is an amazing charity. We wanted to give them an opportunity to tell more people about their work.”

    Check out the advert below.

  • Bridal room boom after Paulette's dress goes viral

    by User Not Found | Jan 30, 2017
    The bridal department of our Canterbury shop has seen a boom, after a mystery benefactor donated a dress bought with Demelza lottery winnings.

    Paulette Philpott scooped £1,000 in our weekly lottery - the same day she spied her dream dress in a Maidstone bridal shop.

    Following her wedding, in June 2015, she decided to donate the dress back to Demelza to sell in its Canterbury bridal boutique.

    The only problem was - she didn't leave her name, so we mounted a major search to find her, starting with the bridal shop and ending with the local press.

    Paulette was duly found and, when news of her generous gesture - and how she came by the Stella York dress - hit the headlines, the Canterbury shop was besieged by customers wanting to take a look.

    Paulette, 58, said:"I’ve done the lottery for years, not because I want to win, but to support the charity.
    "The dress I really loved was two pounds short of £1,000. It seemed an awful lot to pay for something you only wear once. When I got home and opened the post and there was a cheque for £1,000 I could barely believe my eyes.
    It was as if it was meant to be – and meant I could buy my dress.”

    Paulette and her partner Mal tied the knot at Upchurch River Valley Golf Club in June 2015.
    Paulette said: “We had quite a big wedding, with five bridesmaids, who all looked gorgeous – but the dress made my day absolutely perfect.
    "Afterwards, it hung around at my mum’s for a while, then in my wardrobe, taking up space.
    "In the end, I decided it would be nice if I could give it to someone else to make their day just as special as mine had been.”

    The dress is now among dozens of beautiful gowns in Demelza’s charity shop in Burgate, Canterbury, which has a specialist bridal department, selling beautiful new and pre-loved wedding gowns priced from £80 - £500.

    Shop manager Lauren Ashby said: “It was a lovely gesture for this lady to give the dress back to us – I’m sure it won’t be long before it is snapped up!”

    Paulette's story was featured on ITV Meridian News and the Otford shop Brides Dress Revisited has offered to donate unsold and unclaimed stock to Demelza's bridal room.  

    Paulette, from Sittingbourne, said: It’s lovely to be able to give something back. Demelza does such amazing work.”

    Demelza’s lottery awards a £1,000 prize each week, as well as a host of other smaller prizes. Subscribers to the weekly Lotto are also eligible to join the Superdraw, with a chance of winning a £25,000 prize.