Actor Harry Reid, best known for his role as Ben Mitchell in EastEnders, visited our Kent hospice earlier this month and met with families, staff and volunteers.
Harry, who recently starred as Dandini in the Marlow theatre’s production of Cinderella in Canterbury, alongside Demelza’s VIP Supporter, Sally Lindsay, was given a guided tour of the hospice not only by staff but also by Jack who’s older sister, Chloe, is currently staying at the hospice.
Harry said "I have been privileged to visit several hospices before, and having a mum who works in the field has given me an insight into how necessary they are for their local communities. Children's hospices in particular make a huge effort to make their environment as welcoming, friendly, colourful and fun as possible, but Demelza goes above that. I was shown their room for soft play, a cinema, a swimming pool, a sensory room - they've even got a pirate ship - it has everything! I was blown away by the attention to detail, and the facilities for families to stay in are so beautifully thought out.”
Harry, who also gave a reading at our carol concert at Canterbury Cathedral last December, has vowed to lend his support to Demelza.
Harry said "I walked out of the building feeling so proud to have met the people who make the hospice what it is. I feel proud to know that there is so much good in the world; so many people willing to help - I can promise the families of Demelza and all associated with this charity that I will help too. Here's to the future of Demelza!"