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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

Pooches parade along the prom

Over 50 dogs dragged their owners along to a sunny walk in aid of Demelza.

Pooches on the Prom took place in Minnis Bay, near Birchington, on Sunday 3rd August.

As well as the walk, highlights included a dog themed tombola, Beach within reach all terrain wheelchairs and a display by Khanright Dog Training.

One hundred and 25 pooches entered the dog show after the walk. The following were top dogs, winning a rosette:

  • Prettiest Bitch: Maple the crossbreed
  • Most Handsome Dog: Stitch the French Bulldog
  • Waggiest Tail: Honey the Labrador
  • Nicest Eyes: Olly the Beagle
  • Dog with most character: Mabel the Bassett hound
  • Dog the Judge would like to take home: Roxy the Newfoundland
  • Best in Show: Roxy the Newfoundland.

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

Music festival fun at Demelza
The festival feel was brought to Demelza when the second TIZ Muzik Festival took place.

Twelve young people who are supported by Demelza’s services in Kent and South East London enjoyed music from Jamie Johnson (finalist in the Voice), singer Joe West who also appeared in The Voice, singer songwriter Ebonie G, and bands Glass Houses, Old Town Souls and The Kick Backs.

Each young person went home with a commemorative programme, a t-shirt, a cap, a lanyard and a goodie bag.

A marquee was put up in the grounds of the children’s hospice in Bobbing and the `festival goers’ enjoyed pizzas, burgers, fish and chips and doughnuts.

Posted on: Jul 23, 2014
Posted by: Helen Francis

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