World-class celebrity magician, mind reader and winner of ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent, Lance Corporal Richard Jones made a very special visit to Demelza in Kent on Thursday, 25 October 2018. Richard Jones, as Ambassador for Together for Short Lives, the UK charity for seriously ill children, wants to do all he can to help children with serious and life-limiting conditions, and their families, to make the most of every moment.
Richard Jones spent the afternoon meeting families supported at Demelza’s Sittingbourne children’s hospice and had the opportunity to see first-hand the remarkable and lifeline support Demelza offers to children across Kent, South East London and East Sussex.
During his visit Richard enchanted children, siblings and parents with an extra special magical afternoon of fun, mystery and illusion – and even shared some inner secrets about his magical powers. Richard met with families like those of seven-year-old Hallie who has osteopetrosis; a rare and life-limiting genetic condition that can result in bone fractures, restricted height, frequent infections, sight loss and hearing impairment.
The respite care Hallie receives at Demelza is a lifeline to her family, including her big brother and little sister.
Mum Megan said: “We can’t leave Hallie with anyone else. Her grandparents love being with her but her medical needs are too much for them and they would be scared to be in charge. To take her somewhere where the care team know exactly what they are doing means we can relax.”
Richard said: “It’s been so amazing to meet all the children and families and the wonderful team here at Demelza. What they do here is magic. Seeing all the smiles has been a highlight for me and I am so proud to be an Ambassador for Together for Short Lives.”
Helen Rolls, Care Services Lead at Demelza, said: “We were delighted to welcome Richard to one of our specialist children’s hospices. The impact of our work is all about removing fear, providing rest and bringing smiles to the faces of children with terminal conditions and their loved ones. What better way to do this, than with some fantastic magic for all to enjoy?”
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