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All set for Kent open day
A hog roast, a brass band, cream teas, and a guided tour of the hospice are just some of the activities planned when Demelza House opens its doors for its open day.

Everyone is invited to come along and see how their donations make such a difference to the children and families helped by the children’s hospice.

Guests will have a chance to see some of the new facilities which include the newly revamped teenage area and the Garden of Tranquility a year on.

Posted on: Sep 2, 2014
Posted by: Emma Grove

New cinema at Demelza
Demelza’s very first cinema had a special premiere at its opening.

The former `quiet room’ at the children’s hospice near Sittingbourne has been transformed into a mini cinema, complete with 95”, 3D screen, touch screen remote control and surround sound.

The £35,000 project, which took four months to complete, was only possible thanks to ISE and Positive Cabling who donated the installation and equipment at no cost to Demelza.

The works were part of a project to install cinema rooms in children’s hospices across the country.

Some of the young people who come to Demelza from Kent and South East London got a chance to try out the new experience on Wednesday 27th August when the room had its official opening with a special screening of Disney film, Frozen.

The Disney store in Brighton donated DVDs and soft toys and Swizzle-Marlow also gave some sweet treats to complete the cinema experience.

The new cinema room can also be used as a disco as the lights are linked via Bluetooth to any musical device enabling music and light effects.


Posted on: Sep 2, 2014
Posted by: Emma Grove

School friends climb Britain's highest peak in personal challenge for Demelza
A mother is taking on a mountain trek with her school friend to raise funds for the children’s hospice which helped her daughter when she had bone cancer.

Mette Mewett’s daughter Anna was diagnosed with bone cancer at just four years old. She has now been in remission for four years, but has had to endure several operations on her leg during the five years since diagnosis. During this time, Demelza children’s hospice in Sittingbourne provided Anna, and them, with support and respite in a home-from-home safe and welcoming environment.

 Now she has joined the Demelza 101 team trekking up Ben Nevis in June next year along with her friend Louise Kjaertinge, both of whom are from Herne Bay. They have dubbed themselves the Dotty Danes for Demelza.

Mette says: "Demelza has made a real difference to our lives during Anna's illness and recovery. Anna has loved her stays at Demelza, giving her something to look forward to and offering her a fun time away from home. At the same time, those stays have offered my husband and I time to concentrate on our younger daughter and her needs. All the while, they have been a great safety net and support for all the emotional and psychological challenges that come with the territory of childhood illness. They do amazing work!"

Posted on: Aug 19, 2014
Posted by: Helen Francis

Company's cycling challenges raises £20,000
A construction company has raised over £20,000 this year for a children’s hospice by taking on a number of cycling challenges.

This year four members of staff at Aylesford-based Gallaghers rode from Sittingbourne to Paris in April this year as part of the first Demelza 101 challenge, raising £20,000 and 13 are now doing the London to Brighton cycle in September.

Richard Harrison, Commercial Manager said: “As an accomplished cyclist, I was actively looking for a challenge to test my resolve.  Demelza 101 was the perfect opportunity, and also enabled me to spend some time with my less competent colleagues.  I would thoroughly recommend the Demelza 101.” 

Posted on: Aug 19, 2014
Posted by: Helen Francis

Interactive storytelling event for siblings
The brothers and sisters of those helped by a children’s hospice enjoyed an interactive storytelling session.

Eight children aged 5 to 9 attended the event at Barcombe Village Hall on Thursday 31st July, run by charity Bag Books which specialises in sensory storytelling experiences.

The children were the siblings of those who are helped by Demelza’s hospice at home care service as well as one child who accesses respite from the charity who attended with two siblings. 


Posted on: Aug 6, 2014
Posted by: Helen Francis

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