On Thursday 7 September 2017, Demelza Hospice Care for Children proudly reopened their soft play room. The invaluable play area was opened by Demelza’s CEO, Ryan Campbell, and was a culmination of a three year charity partnership with the Kent Football Association and Kent Schools Football Association.
The opening welcomed guests from across Kent grass root football clubs and leagues, as well as leading members from the Kent FA, Kent Schools FA, and Kent Reliance who kindly sponsored the event and all of the Kent FA Football Cups.
Kent FA and Kent Schools FA raised an incredible £25,000 in order to bring new life to the soft play room at the Kent hospice. Demelza’s original soft play room opened its doors in 2005 and had been enjoyed by hundreds of families over the years. Due to the room’s popularity, the play space was in need of renovation. The generous fundraising efforts have enabled the room to be kitted out in brand new soft play equipment, an interactive “magic carpet” projector and redecorated in beautiful, vibrant colours.
Demelza provides compassionate and expert care for seriously ill babies, children, young people and their families in Kent, South East London and East Sussex. Alongside clinical support, Demelza offers a range of therapy services for both the child and their family, to enable them to express themselves in new ways, explore their emotions and to play in a safe environment. Demelza’s soft play room is one of these very special therapy spaces.
Ryan Campbell, Demelza CEO said,
“We wanted to say a huge thank you to those who have been involved in this incredible project. It has been a real pleasure working with all of the clubs, leagues and people who have got behind our partnership with the Kent FA and Kent Schools FA, making new community links and bringing everyone together for one aim – improving the soft play room at Demelza Kent in order to improve the lives of those children and families that we care for.”
Paul Dolan, Kent FA Chief Executive and Director said,
“When we started the partnership with Demelza in 2014, we never would have imagined that we would have come as far as we have. Our aims in the beginning were to promote grassroots football, encourage participation across ages, sexes and abilities and build community links for both the charity and football. Over the course of the last couple of years, we not only have achieved this, but have made good friends along the way and supported the refurbishment of an amazing cause in the process.”
Children and families under Demelza’s care will now be able to benefit fully from this amazing project.