Ashford Friends raise £10,000 for Demelza

18 April 2017
Demelza is looking for new supporters - especially in the Ashford area - following the retirement of a sterling bunch of local ladies.

The Ashford Friends Group has raised £10,000 for the charity in the past four years by holding coffee mornings, cake sales, quizzes and an assortment of other events, including selling quilts and other hand-sewn goods at craft fairs. 

Their efforts in the past year alone have brought in a much-needed £3,000 for Demelza.

Now the ladies – led by Eileen Wilson, Hilda Durrant and Joan Dudley (pictured left to right) - are putting away their sewing baskets and needles along with their coffee cups.

Eileen said: “We have had great fun meeting up to chat and sew and sell things to raise funds for Demelza, but we are not getting any younger and a couple of us have health problems, so we felt now was the right time to stop.”

Community fundraiser Leila Ilkhan said: “These ladies have been amazing over the past four years – their support has been fantastic.

“Unfortunately, they are going to leave a big hole in our fundraising in the Ashford area so we would be delighted to welcome anyone on board who would like to help with our fundraising efforts. 

“We don’t expect them to climb mountains or run marathons – coffee mornings, book sales, bric-a-brac sales, raffles  – all those small events can add up to a big total at the end of the year.”

If a group of friends – or a workplace group – would like to volunteer to help Demelza in Ashford or any other part of the South East, they should contact Leila on or telephone the fundraising team on 07825 094777