Demelza Hospice Care for Children’s ‘Adopt a Nurse’ initiative has had a huge boost with a £54,000 donation from The Axis Foundation, the charity arm of property maintenance and services provider Axis. The cheque was presented to Demelza, following a golf day at the London Golf Club, and is the equivalent to 2,680 hours of nursing care.
Axis’ longstanding partnership with Demelza started 13 years ago. During this time £600,000 has been donated to support the charity’s ‘Adopt a Nurse’ programme. This programme helps to fund qualified nurses to provide Demelza children with 24-hour specialist care, which is key in providing them with a better quality of life. As a charity, not part of the NHS, these charity partnerships are vital. Demelza is reliant on generous donations from local individuals, groups and businesses to be able to provide care free of charge to children and young people, affected by life-limiting and life-threatening conditions.
The short breaks, family support services, therapies and end-of-life care that Demelza provides across East Sussex
t and South East London
are crucial for the children and families who depend on them.
Demelza Parent Mette explained: “As well as memory-making and emotional support Demelza also gave practical help - from the community nursing team making phone calls and liaising with various agencies, to staff at the hospice tackling paperwork. We didn’t need to worry about the cooking, cleaning, washing - we could just focus on Thomas.”
The Axis Foundation funds are raised through an annual corporate donation and corporate events such as a charity ball and supplier golf day. Axis people are also heavily involved in personal fundraising through activities that range from skydives and bake sales to Dotty Days and abseils, and are always thinking of new ways to raise funds for the hospice.