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02 charity climb for Demelza family
A 12 year boy and his family are taking on the 02 to raise funds for Demelza.

Daniel Thomas, who was diagnosed with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy at the age of five and is in a wheelchair, will have to be lifted to the top of the London landmark to take part in the challenge.

He is undertaking the climb on 29th May alongside mum Kate (who is scared of heights), his dad Neil and sister Lucy.

Kate explained why Daniel wanted to take part in the challenge: “I think it is because it is something that a person in a wheelchair can do. It’s a nice family thing to do. I think he’s quite excited.”

The family, from Rye in East Sussex, are just starting to access respite care from Demelza: “We knew about Demelza and we knew they were there but we didn’t really need anybody but Daniel’s becoming more immobile and the grandparents are getting a bit older so it’s nice to have a bit more support,” Kate said.

Posted on: Apr 11, 2014
Posted by: Helen Francis

Onesie day at university to raise funds for children's hospice
A senior University researcher wore a novel work outfit as part of a stunt to raise funds for the children’s hospice which cares for her niece.

Dr Karen Jones who works at the University of Kent’s Personal Social Services Research Unit sported a bunny onesie on Friday (March 28th) and managed to persuade other colleagues to join in.

As well as wearing the outfit to work she also wore it on a night out in Canterbury that evening.


Posted on: Mar 31, 2014
Posted by: Helen Francis

Solicitors back Demelza's Will Writing Fortnight
Solicitors in Kent and East Sussex are giving up their time for free in support of Demelza's Will Writing campaign.

The charity initiative, which this year runs from April 7th to 17th , offers residents the chance to have a new Will written or an existing Will updated in return for a donation to Demelza. 

The solicitors taking part are:

Whitehead Monckton which has offices in Canterbury and Maidstone
Whyte & Co which has offices in Rainham and Gillingham
Thackray Williams in Bromley
Fitzgraham Solicitors in St Leonards

Posted on: Mar 17, 2014
Posted by: Helen Francis

Twin running marathon in memory of daughter

A bereaved dad is taking part in the London Marathon in memory of his daughter.

John Humphrey is taking on the 26.2 mile course next month along with identical twin brother, Simon to raise money for Demelza . 

John’s daughter Jessica had four limb motor disorder, severe development delay and epilepsy.

Posted on: Mar 10, 2014
Posted by: Helen Francis

Len Goodman and Cheryl Baker become Vice Presidents
Demelza is delighted to announce that Strictly Judge Len Goodman and singer Cheryl Baker have become Vice Presidents of the charity.

Singer and presenter Cheryl Baker has supported Demelza for more than 15 years, officially opening the first charity shop in Sittingbourne in November 1998. Last year she not only ran the London Marathon for Demelza in April but she performed at Music on the Hill in July.

“I’m honoured to be asked to be a Vice President of Demelza. It’s a charity close to my heart and one which I’ve supported since my family moved to Kent in 1996. The care they provide for families in need is phenomenal and I’m privileged to be able to do my bit by helping to raise awareness of this vital local cause,” said Cheryl.

Posted on: Mar 5, 2014
Posted by: Helen Francis

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