We have specially trained volunteers who can help you with a range of one-off or short-term activities in a way that works for you.

These can be small projects such as decorating a room or putting together furniture, or general help such as mowing the lawn or cleaning. If transport is a challenge, we can also drive you, your child and family to hospital appointments or to Demelza events or activities.

These services are for families who already access our services. If you're not currently supported by Demelza, complete our referral form to see how we can help.

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Driving support

We understand that transport can be a worry sometimes and we can offer various solutions to support families. These include driving to hospital or clinical appointments, attending Demelza meetings or events, or prescription collections.

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Time outside has lots of benefits. But it can be difficult to keep on top of gardening when there are so many other things to worry about. Our practical support volunteers help with gardening and outdoor DIY.

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Home support

Our volunteers can help with deep cleaning and organising in your home. Or if the ironing pile is getting out of hand, Demelza volunteers can help to lighten the load.

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There are always jobs to be done around the house, but DIY often becomes secondary when caring for a child. Our practical support volunteers can help with DIY jobs such as painting, basic plumbing and more.

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Other support

We can also help with things such as shopping, food preparation or taking care of family pets. If there are any other tasks not listed here that you need help with please get in touch. There may be some tasks that are too big/complex for us to complete but we will do our best to support you.

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Want to speak to the practical support team?

If you are a Demelza family and would like to access any of our support services please use the buttons above to sign up for support. If you have already signed up or would like to find out more, you can call us on 01795 845299 (every working weekday from 9am–5pm). Alternatively, you can leave us a voicemail or email us at practicalsupport@demelza.org.uk.

If you're not currently supported by Demelza, complete our referral form to see how we can help.

Zak's story

“Driving 45 minutes to hospital chemotherapy appointments was a real challenge. But Demelza stepped in to help. Their incredible Practical Support Volunteers drove Zak and his daddy to every appointment and brought them home again. No longer did we have to worry about finding parking nearby, the money for petrol or making poor Zak walk to the entrance in the pouring rain. All he wanted was to hold his daddy’s hand in the back of the car and thanks to the Demelza volunteer drivers he was able to.”

Caroline, Zak’s mummy

Zak is dressed up in a skeleton costume for Halloween.

“We supported Zak by driving him and his dad to his chemo appointments. Zak was a joyful, happy child. The last time I saw him his hair had grown back and I remember telling him he now had more hair than his daddy. Driving them to and from appointments took the stress away from them. I was always there on time and waiting for them when they came out. I never wanted them to have to worry.”

Practical Volunteer, David

Zak is dressed up in a skeleton costume for Halloween.

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