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Mother takes on half marathon in tribute to children's hospice for their support

A mother is running a half marathon for Demelza after her family were helped when her daughter had cancer.

Ruby Chiputi, aged six, has had cancer twice but has now been in remission for nearly a year.

Ruby, from Hastings, was diagnosed with a brain tumour when she was two and was in remission for eight months before the cancer returned.

The family were referred to Demelza when Ruby was having treatment to give mum Catherine a break from caring for her daughter. Community nurses came to the family home to offer support by taking Ruby out and son Samuel, now 10, had music therapy through the charity as he was struggling with the situation.

Catherine said: “We were in and out of hospital all the time. Ruby was very dependent on me for everything and still required a lot of care so it was nice to have a break when I didn’t have to be mum, I could just be me. I could meet a friend for lunch, go for a coffee or go to the gym.”

Ruby has now been discharged from Demelza’s services.


Posted on: Nov 19, 2015
Posted by: Helen Francis

Join Demelza for a traditional celebration of Christmas

What better way to start off the festive season than by joining Demelza Hospice Care for Children at one of our carol concerts?

The popular annual events are one of the highlights of the Demelza Christmas calendar. As well as being a wonderful festive occasion, they are an opportunity to bring together many of our supporters, volunteers, staff and families from all across the areas we serve.

Demelza Vice President and Capital Radio Breakfast show DJ Dave Berry will be a special guest reader at the Greenwich concert.

Posted on: Nov 18, 2015
Posted by: Jane Millington

Calling marathon runners: free places in half marathon

Calling all marathon runners: Demelza Hospice Care for Children needs you!

Demelza has free places in the Dartford Half Marathon available for anyone who is running the London or Brighton Marathon for Demelza.

Demelza is the official charity partner of the race which takes place on Sunday 13th March at Dartford Harriers AC in Cranford Road, Dartford at 9.30am.

Steve Wolfe, Managing Editor at KSN Media, who is running in the half marathon said:  "Having seen the great work Demelza do on several visits to the hospice in Sittingbourne, I had no hesitation on wanting to run for such a great charity once I had decided to run the London Marathon."

"Demelza do a fantastic job at putting smiles on young faces when they need it most and if I can raise some funds and raise awareness of the work they do in the process of running the London Marathon, then I'd be thrilled."

Posted on: Nov 16, 2015
Posted by: Helen Francis

Shaken not stirred: Bond auction up for grabs for Demelza

A former Aston Martin champion is auctioning off the perfect present for Bond fans.

Andy Jenkinson, from Cranbrook, is calling for bids for the hire of an Aston Martin Casino Royale for the day driven by him with all proceeds going to Demelza Hospice Care for Children.

Petrolheads have until the end of November to get their bid in for the ultimate Bond experience as the car is one of only 30 made.

Anyone interested can email their bid to:

From January 2016 Andy will run a quarterly auction for the Aston Martin Casino Royale experience for Demelza.

Posted on: Nov 12, 2015
Posted by: Helen Francis

Apprentice star, Elsa from Frozen, food and drink at fun day

Felipe Alviar-Baquero from BBC’s The Apprentice, Peppa pig and Disney’s Elsa were among the special guests at a fun day.

The hundreds of visitors to Demelza's fun day at its site in Rook Lane, Bobbing, on Sunday 27th September were also entertained by live music, refreshments including a hog roast and stalls.

People also had a chance to tour the hospice and find out more about the care and support offered to children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions and their families.

Posted on: Oct 1, 2015
Posted by: Helen Francis

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