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"Unbelievable" win for Superdraw player
Would you believe it if you got a call to tell you that you’d won the lottery?

A supporter had to be convinced that it was not a wind up when she got a call from Demelza to say she had won the hospice’s £25,000 jackpot.

Beverly Aslett from Rochester said it was “unbelievable” when she was told she had won the top prize in Demelza’s Superdraw.

The windfall came just after Beverly’s husband, Mike was made redundant so she admitted: “it will help.”

The 58-year-old says she will share out her winnings between the couple’s two children and four grandchildren.

Posted on: Apr 22, 2014
Posted by: Helen Francis

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

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