Supporters, fundraisers, care staff, volunteers and local businesses got together at St Elisabeth’s Hall in Eastbourne to celebrate providing 15 years of outstanding specialist care to children with terminal conditions and their families in East Sussex. Demelza merged with James House, a charity established in East Sussex by Robin and Mary Gooch following the death of their 11-year-old son James, in 2004. Demelza has continued to provide therapies, respite and end-of-life care in the comfort and security of a child’s own home across the region ever since.
The party recognised the huge contribution of volunteers, local businesses and supporters that enable Demelza to provide specialist care services across East Sussex 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, completely free of charge.
Businesses from the area donated refreshments and the cake was made by Jenna Heritage from Demelza’s care team and cut by Connie, who uses Demelza’s services. Speakers on the night included parent ambassador Stephen Spendlove, who's daughter Bethany is supported by Demelza, Jane Streeter and Donna from the Care Team, and Ryan Campbell, Demelza’s Chief Executive. Demelza Trustee, Adeel Q. Khan, and representatives from MTECH, Framfield Stagers, Arlington Bluebells and friends of Sussex Hospices, to name but a few, also attended the event.
Ryan Campbell said “I am so proud of the work we do at Demelza in supporting children with terminal conditions and their families. A heartfelt congratulations to all of the team across East Sussex – including the care staff, fundraisers and the volunteers who keep everything running. This incredible team ensures Demelza provides care and support to families when they desperately need it. Here’s to another 15 years of outstanding care.”