Businesses in Kent and South East London receive awards for children's hospice charity support

06 November 2017
Companies from across Kent and South East London were rewarded for their charity support at the annual Demelza Business Awards, on Thursday 2 November 2017.  This year’s event was hosted by Great British Bake Off finalist, Jane Beedle, alongside Demelza CEO Ryan Campbell, and was sponsored by one of Demelza’s longstanding business partners, CLS.

The annual award ceremony is a chance for Demelza to thank its corporate supporters for their fundraising efforts throughout the year.  The black tie event took place at the Tudor Park Marriott hotel in Maidstone, where guests heard bereaved father, John Humphrey, speak about his experiences of Demelza and express why it was so important for companies to support the charity that had helped his family.

The winners were as follows:

• Outstanding Individual Supporter  – Alison Mulford, Lloyds Banking Group, Kent Region

• Outstanding Fundraising Team of the Year – Bouygues Energies & Services for their London to Paris Cycling Team

• Bronze Outstanding Corporate Supporter – CLS

• Silver Outstanding Corporate Supporter – Lloyds Banking Group, Kent Region

• Gold Outstanding Corporate Supporter – Swale Heating

• Outstanding Corporate Project – Osborne

The first award of the evening, the Outstanding Individual Supporter award, was presented to Alison Mulford from Lloyds Banking Group, Kent Region.  Alison was recognised for her continued volunteering roles at Demelza and for helping forge the partnership between the charity and Lloyds Banking Group.

Swale Heating was presented with the Gold Outstanding Corporate Supporter award for its continuing support in raising brand awareness for Demelza, through donating a generous budget for television advertisements.

Lloyds Banking Group, Kent Region picked up the Silver Outstanding Corporate Supporter award, and CLS took home the Bronze Outstanding Corporate Supporter award, marking the 10 year anniversary of their partnership with Demelza.

Bouygues Energies & Services’ London to Paris Cycling Team picked up the Fundraising Team of the Year award for their challenge event which raised an incredible £21,000 for Demelza. 

The Outstanding Corporate Project award went to one of the UK’s leading construction companies, Osborne, for their incredible gift to Demelza in the form of the Space to Grow project. The exciting building transformation will see an impressive two-storey extension take place at our Eltham hospice over the coming weeks.  

Jane Beedle said on the night:  “I am fortunate enough to have healthy children, but not everyone is in that position.  Demelza does such a fantastic job caring for those children and families that need them most. But Demelza requires the help provided by their wonderful business supporters in order to reach more families who are in need of Demelza’s care”

Ryan Campbell, Demelza CEO said: “Everything Demelza has and everything we do is a product of the generosity of our community.  It has been a great year for Demelza as we continue to grow and expand our services, reaching more children and families.  And we really couldn’t do this without the continued help from all of our outstanding business supporters.  We are exceptionally proud of them all, helping us through direct funding, gifts of time or goods and just being incredible ambassadors for our charity.”

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A selection of pictures from the event can be seen here