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Schoolgirls' loom bands raise cash for Demelza
Two kind-hearted schoolgirls have spent hours making and selling loom bands to raise money for charity.

Emily Barwick, from Hartlip, and her friend Nellie Yarrow, from Upchurch, wanted to do something to support Demelza Hospice Care for Children.

The eight-year-olds, who go to Gad’s Hill School in Higham, were given permission by their head teacher to sell the trinkets at school.

They made them in various colours and sold them for different prices and also sold them to their friends at their ballet class and to family members.


Posted on: Oct 1, 2014
Posted by: Emma Grove


Triathlete Max raises hundreds for Demelza
An eight-year-old boy who asked for donations to his fundraising cause instead of birthday presents has completed his first triathlon.

Max Robinson Long, from Westerham, took part in the event at Hever Castle on Saturday 27th September.

He joined in with a 100m swim in the castle’s lake, a 4k bike ride and a 1.3k run around the grounds which he completed in 46 minutes 28 seconds.

The New Beacon School pupil decided to take on the challenge to support Demelza Hospice Care for Children and has so far raised more than £1,120.

The event was part of the Castle Triathlon Series and took place a few days after he celebrated his eighth birthday.

He had asked his friends and family for donations towards his sponsorship instead of presents.


Posted on: Sep 30, 2014
Posted by: Emma Grove


Children's fund helps towards Demelza's laundry costs
A children’s hospice has had a donation towards its laundry room thanks to a fund set up in memory of a popular businessman.

Albert Burns, from Broadstairs, passed away last year aged 70 and asked that the money he had left in his will was donated to children’s charities.

Kent-based solicitors Boys & Maughan is administering the money on behalf of the Albert Burns Children’s Fund and visited Demelza Hospice Care for Children on Wednesday, 24th September, to present a cheque for £12,000.

Mr Burns, who was known as Big Albert as he was 6ft 7in tall, ran a chain of laundrettes in Thanet so it was thought appropriate the money goes towards the running costs of the laundry at the charity’s site in Rook Lane, Bobbing.

Demelza’s Trusts, Legacy and In Memory Fundraiser, Lisa Busby, said: “We would like to thank the fund very much for this generous donation.


Posted on: Sep 29, 2014
Posted by: Emma Grove


Hundreds join us for annual open day
Peppa Pig and Mickey Mouse were among the special guests who welcomed hundreds of visitors to a charity’s open day.

Demelza Hospice Care for Children hosted the annual event at its site in Rook Lane, Bobbing, on Saturday 27th September.

Around 500 guests went along to find out more about the services offered to children with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions and the support in place for their families.

They were able to have a full tour of the hospice buildings and the grounds.

Entertainment was provided throughout the day by SFM radio and the UK Paper Band Sittingbourne.

Members of the Rotary Club of Minster-on-Sea was were also there with their human fruit machine.


Posted on: Sep 29, 2014
Posted by: Emma Grove


Garden centre partnership to benefit Demelza
A Medway garden centre has teamed up with a national charity for a Christmas campaign which will help benefit Demelza. 

Dobbies, which has a store in Courteney Road, Gillingham, has joined with Together for Short Lives, the UK’s leading charity for children’s palliative care.

It works with hospices across the country - including Demelza, which is based in Bobbing in Sittingbourne.

Dobbies will be launching its programme of Christmas events with a charity fundraising night at all its stores on Thursday, 2nd October.

Visitors will be able to enjoy demonstrations, live music and refreshments. 


Posted on: Sep 24, 2014
Posted by: Emma Grove

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