With the help of our supporters, this December, Demelza hopes to deliver #FestiveWishes to the children and families we support.

We wanted to take some time to tell you about the simple ways you can get involved with fundraising in your community this Christmas.

Did you know, there are over 600 children with serious or terminal conditions in our community, all relying on Demelza’s unique care and support?

With your help and the money you raise, we can make sure every children gets to receive the expert medical care they need – and the Christmas fun and joy they deserve. By giving the gift of care, you can make festive wishes come true – and create treasured family memories that will last forever.

Help us to wave a magic wand over children with serious or terminal conditions this Christmas.

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Share the spirit of Christmas

Send an electronic Christmas card to friends, family and colleagues for a small donation to Demelza. We have two charming, animated designs for you to choose from.

For every paper card not sent you will be saving 140g of Carbon*. We want you to help us send 4,071 Demelza e-cards this Christmas - the carbon we save doing this could offset the carbon we use to feed those at our hospices for a full week! 

On average, the cost of sending a Christmas card second class is £2.34. By donating just a £1 for each card you send you could help us to continue supporting young people to get the most from life, achieving new ambitions and trying new things.

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Go big at your home

Spread the festive cheer by going BIG with your Christmas lights – you can invite friends, family and neighbours along to your very own 'Christmas lights switch on’. Simply set up a JustGiving page and… ready, steady, decorate!

Any amount you can raise will help provide vital care for a child who has already lost out on so much this past 18 months:  

£15 could pay for one month of music subscriptions for our children, young people and therapists to use.

£49 could pay for an hour of specialist nursing care.

£213 could clean our Hydro Pool for one week.

£450 could refurbish one of our hospice rooms.

Winter Ball

Join us at Shakespeare's Globe

Our spectacular Winter Wonderland Ball is being held on Friday 19 November at the sensational Underglobe, hidden beneath the Globe Theatre in London.

220 guests will enjoy a drinks reception and expertly crafted, luxurious three-course dinner with entertainment. Champagne, beer and wine is also included in the price of the ticket.

Guests will be encouraged to take part in our live and silent auctions with a range of exciting experiences and luxury items before dancing the night away.

Can't join us? We'll bring the celebrations to you - treat yourself to one of our dine at home hampers for £175 for two people (these will be available to purchase via the website from 1 November).

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Celebrate at Canterbury Cathedral

The Celebration of Christmas is back at Canterbury Cathedral for 2021 and we would be delighted for you to join us for a truly magical event!

Marvel at the beauty of the cathedral and enjoy a festive evening full of carols and readings, along with our special guests, on Monday 20 December.

Tickets start from £8 and are available via our Events page. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Christmas carols anyone?

We are thrilled to share that with the support of local schools we are bringing back our Carolathons this festive season!

If you're ready to get into the Christmas spirit then check out our dates and locations and join the festive fun.

We have four dates confirmed where local schools will be joining us to sing their favourite Christmas carols and we would love to see you too, so come along and join in:

Fremlin Walk, Maidstone on Friday 26 November

Bligh’s Meadow, Sevenoaks on Friday 3 December

Passey Place, Eltham on Monday 6 December

Tesco (Millstrood Road), Whitstable on Friday 10 December

Our fabulous bucket fundraisers will be on hand at the events - anything you can give will help provide vital care for a child who has already lost out on so much these past 18 months.

If you can’t make our Carolathons, but would like to support Demelza this Christmas, we are welcoming donations to our JustGiving page.

 

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Doorstep carols

Doorstep Carols 2021 invites you to join their nationwide event with cathedral choirs and professional singers ready to lead the nation in song - in a bid to remind the nation of the social and psychological value of collective music. 

Tune in to your BBC local radio station on Wednesday 15 December at 6pm to sing along. This record breaking event aims to support partner charities, including Demelza and donations can be made via JustGiving.

Demelza's Tree-cycling is back

This January we will be on hand to help you recycle your Christmas tree! From the 6 – 8 January 2022 we will be collecting Christmas trees, for a donation, from select postcodes across Kent.

Bookings open from Wednesday 1 December.