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Santas set to raise funds for Demelza
If you love dressing up and want to raise money for a good cause – what better way than by taking part in the Do It For Charity Santa Run?

This year’s fundraiser takes place at Victoria Park, London, on Sunday 7th December and you can join in to support Demelza.

We have 10 places for any of our supporters who would like to give it a go.

There are two courses to choose from – a 5km and a 10km – and as the theme is taking part, not winning, participants are invited to walk, jog or run.

Posted on: Oct 21, 2014
Posted by: Emma Grove

Cricket club capers raise cash for Demelza
A cricket tournament against a European team and a football sweepstake have helped raise money for Demelza Hospice Care for Children.

Newington Cricket Club, which is based near the hospice in Rook Lane, Bobbing, is a long-term supporter of the charity.

Earlier in the summer, the team hosted a group of cricketers from the Arcadians Cricket Club in Ghent, Belgium, for a tournament where they raised money.

Members also paid to enter a football world cup sweepstake and donations from the players made up the total money raised to £1,000.

Posted on: Oct 17, 2014
Posted by: Emma Grove

Circus with a purpose to benefit Demelza
A circus with a purpose which travels the country has chosen Demelza Hospice Care for Children to benefit from one of its shows.

Circus Starr, a not for profit organisation, stages a touring show ever year to raise money for various charities.

Next year, its performance in Hove, near Brighton, will be supporting Demelza, which is based in Bobbing and also provides home-hospice care to families in East Sussex.

Circus Starr relies on the support of local businesses to pledge money for show tickets, which will then be given out to families to make use of, through its donated tickets scheme.

Demelza has a team of community nurses in East Sussex which offer care and support to children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions and their families.

The charity is looking after more than 150 families in the area and has been extending its range of services.

As well as the hospice at home service, the charity also now has a Community Family Support worker and has been taking music therapy into the homes of our families which has proved to be extremely beneficial for the children.

Posted on: Oct 16, 2014
Posted by: Emma Grove

Rainy day theme brightens recliner chair
The second of Demelza’s recliner chairs used by children in the lounge has been revamped.

The seats were known as the zoo chairs as they were covered in animal print but they were so well used it was decided they needed re-covering.

Palliative care assistant Julie Fitzgibbon managed to fundraise and get a local company on board to help with the project and one of the seats was done back in July in a beach-style pattern.

The other was completed more recently with a rainy-day theme.

Posted on: Oct 14, 2014
Posted by: Emma Grove

Sensory lighting installed in Demelza bedrooms
New sensory lighting has been installed in the bedrooms at Demelza.

Palliative care assistant Hayley Rowe spotted a need and arranged for the equipment to be put in at the hospice in Sittingbourne.

Hayley, who said she set about getting the equipment as it would benefit the youngsters, has also put together boxes which contain different textures for the children to play with and a bubble machine.

She said: “While we already have a well-equipped sensory room, sometimes we need to take things to the children and we can also take the boxes into the lounge when we are doing activities.”

All 10 bedrooms at the site in Rook Lane, Bobbing, have now been fitted with two sensory lights, which can project patterns onto the walls and ceilings.

Posted on: Oct 10, 2014
Posted by: Emma Grove

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