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Giant pumpkin spells Halloween fun
A Sittingbourne catering firm has grown a pumpkin which tipped the scales at a whopping 10 stone.

Papa Fresco, based on the St George’s Business Park in the town, decided to donate the giant squash to Demelza.

It took several members of staff to lift it onto a trolley for it to be moved into the charity in Rook Lane, Bobbing, on Wednesday 29th October.

The vegetable was grown at the company’s allotment where they had planted several pumpkins but only five grew – the other four were tiny.


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


Penge charity shop rewarded for fundraising efforts
Volunteers at a Penge charity shop have been presented with an inspirational fundraising award for their efforts in supporting Demelza Hospice Care for Children. 

Little Ones, in the High Street, has handed over more than £50,000 to the charity in the last six years.

The store was set up by David Henderson and as he had been involved with children’s hospices in the past, he opted to choose a local one to raise money for.

Demelza has a hospice in Eltham which supports more than 230 children and families in the South East London area.

The success of the shop has grown, with regular customers coming in to take advantage of the low prices and to donate their own goods to keep it going.

Half of the profits each month are given to the charity, with the rest going towards the upkeep of the shop. 

Mr Henderson, of Phoenix Road, Penge, said he decided to support Demelza because the need is so great.

“The children need it – they are not getting the support of the government so they need support from people like myself,” the 79-year-old said.

“I gave my first donation of £25 to Demelza in 2006 and I have been very surprised with how the shop has gone.


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


Solicitors to take part in Will Aid for Demelza
Supporters will be able to get a free will-writing session in return for a donation to Demelza.

Appointments can be made with Fitzgraham Solicitors LLP from East Sussex.

It’s as part of Will Aid – a UK scheme which takes place every November - and there are limited places available.

A Medway-based solicitor will also be joining the scheme from next month.

Those who book will be able to get a will prepared for them or their existing document updated.

 


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


Pub goers boost Demelza's funds
Regulars at a Thamesmead pub have raised thousands of pounds for Demelza. 

Punters who frequent the Cutty Sark in Joyce Dawson Way have been supporting the charity for a number of years.

Earlier this month they handed over a cheque for £5,000 to the charity, which has two hospices – one in Eltham and one in Kent.

The money was raised through a number of different events, including the sale of New Year’s Eve tickets, raffles throughout the year and donations from customers.


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


Date announced for Candlelight Walk
If you’re looking for a festive evening out with all the family – Demelza’s Candlelight Walk is the perfect event.

The date of this year’s is Sunday 7th December and it will take place from 4pm to 7pm at our hospice in Sittingbourne.

There will be carols followed by a short stroll through the lanes around the area.

Guests will then be invited back to the hospice for more carols, refreshments , a Christmas hamper raffle and some festive stalls.


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

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