Dulux donates to Demelza

02 May 2019

Dulux Trade Centres in Medway and Maidstone have offered to donate paint to Demelza Hospice Care for Children as part of their innovative Practical Support Project.

The Practical Support Project aims, through a team of volunteers, to offer support for families by tackling those every day jobs, like ironing, walking the dog, cleaning, gardening, decorating and even helping with homework that are hard enough to keep on top of without adding in round-the-clock-care and hospital visits in to the mix.  The donation of paint will be an added bonus that can help support these families.

Mary Goodger, Project Coordinator at Demelza, originally met with Richard Caplan and Steve Mellers MBE from Necessary Furniture and Community Repaint in Hersdon, near Canterbury who generously donated several litres of paint to the project.  Steve, who had taken part in a sponsored abseil over 20 years ago which provided funding for the original hospice building in Sittingbourne, very kindly put Mary in touch with Dulux trade centres in Medway and Maidstone.

Mary said “a huge thank you to Steve and Richard from Necessary Furniture and Community Repaint for their donation of paint and introducing us to Lee Brookwell and Gareth Chick at the Dulux Decorator Centre in Rochester.  As a charity, we’re almost entirely dependent on the generosity of our supporters and we’re very excited to be working with Dulux on this project.”

Lee Brookwell, Manager at the Dulux Decorator Centre in Rochester, said “We are delighted to be involved in Demelza’s Practical Support Project and looking forward to working with the team.  We are also hoping to talk to our regional managers about the possibility of providing decorating equipment for Demelza families in the future”.

The donated paint will be used by Demelza families to decorate at home, as well as being used in Demelza’s retail outlets across the South East.

If you are able to give some time to help support families in their own homes with some practical everyday jobs as part of the Practical Support Project, please contact Demelza’s Voluntary Services Department for further information on 01795 845170.