Thanks to the incredible generosity of our community of supporters, we were able to refurbish one of the most important spaces in our hospice in Eltham: the bereavement suites. Our Bereavement Suite Appeal last year raised the funds needed to make these rooms more comfortable and functional for families grieving the loss of their child.

Demelza is still providing end of life care to our families, supporting them through one of the most difficult times of their lives. Work on the rooms was completed just as the nation went into ‘lockdown’ at the end of March. Softer lighting has been installed, new flooring fitted and the rooms have been painted in beautiful calming colours. New furnishings, including sofas for families to sit comfortably with their child, elegant storage for personal items and updated bedframes, also help to make the rooms look less clinical.

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One of the two specialist suites before renovation.

Families can now play their child’s favourite music or comforting bedtime lullabies through new portable Bluetooth speakers, and new doors equipped with special swipe card access enables families to come in and out as they need to.

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Another of the two specialist suites after work was completed.

The new look and facilities are all thanks to the help of Gabrielle Blackman from DIY SOS who designed the rooms for us, the exceptional volunteers who came and gave their time free of charge, our Facilities Team for co-ordinating it all, but most of all you - for donating and making this all possible. The difference it will make to families who are experiencing the unimaginable is unquestionable, and that is priceless.

Thank you.