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Dozens walk 50k to raise thousands
Dozens of dedicated fundraisers have taken to the streets of Kent and south east London to support a children’s hospice. 

Demelza held its first Walk This Way event on Saturday 2nd May.

A total of 68 people took part in the 50k route – with 51 of them making their way from the charity’s hospice in Rook Lane, Bobbing, to its base in Wensley Close, Eltham, and the other 17 going the opposite way – from London to Kent.

The first walkers reached their final destination in around 10 hours, with the later ones taking around 16. 

The majority of them passed their fellow fundraisers around the Gravesend area.

 More than £17,000 has already been raised and it is hoped the final total will be closer to £30,000 once all the sponsorship money comes in.

As well as generous members of the public, participants included families and staff as well as corporate and community supporters.


Posted on: May 5, 2015
Posted by: Emma Grove


New Demelza chief exec Ryan Campbell takes up post
Demelza has welcomed new chief executive Ryan Campbell. 

The 42-year-old previously led KCA, a Kent-based substance misuse and mental health charity, and has held senior positions in criminal justice and older people’s charities.

Mr Campbell has replaced Steve Hoy, who had been at the charity for three years before he left earlier this year to take up the same role at the Hospice of the Good Shepherd in Chester.

Demelza is delighted to have a new leader with Mr Campbell’s experience and drive to guide the organisation forward.  

With advances in medical science there are now more and more children with complex care needs who are able to live and enjoy childhood, and often young adulthood, but they and their whole families require specialist support, both in hospices and in the home, for this to happen. 

The future of children’s hospices, which rely almost entirely on community fundraising, is therefore complex and challenging, but absolutely essential.


Posted on: Apr 29, 2015
Posted by: Emma Grove


Army of staff revamp hospice gardens
An army of staff from Kimberly-Clark have helped transform the outside space and lounge at a children’s charity. 

A group of 140 employees from the Kings Hill-based company visited Demelza in Rook Lane, Bobbing, on Wednesday 22nd April.

They arrived in two coach loads, armed with equipment to carry out their work, and split into groups to graft in different areas of the hospice.

The largest group spent the day working in the main courtyard garden at the hospice, which they completely revamped by laying a new lawn and putting in new plants and flowers.

Fences and benches were repainted and an undercover area was transformed into a beach-hut themed space.

Another group was tasked with recreating the jungle hut space – a quiet area in the garden which now has a freshly painted seating area, a water feature and model animals hidden in the flower beds.

Other jobs completed by the team included repainting sheds and cupboards around the grounds and creating new storage space.


Posted on: Apr 28, 2015
Posted by: Emma Grove


Application process for London Marathon changes
We would like to say a huge thank you to all our supporters who took part in the London Marathon. 

There were 48 people who completed the 26.2 mile course on behalf of Demelza on Sunday 26th April.

At the moment, around £26,000 has been raised and it is hoped the total fundraising could reach around £50,000.

Among those running in the 2015 event at the weekend was Demelza mum Louise Humphrey.

The 37-year-old’s daughter Jessica was cared for at the hospice in Bobbing before she passed away just before her third birthday in 2013.

It was Louise’s first marathon and she completed it in 4 hours, 20 minutes and 45 seconds.


Posted on: Apr 28, 2015
Posted by: Emma Grove


Hundreds of cyclists take to Kent streets
Hundreds of cyclists took to the streets of Kent at the weekend to raise money for Demelza. 

The charity held its first Pedal for a Purpose bike ride on Sunday 19th April.

There were three routes for participants to choose from – a 17-mile family route; a 52-mile classic ride and a 103-mile epic course – all of which left from the hospice in Rook Lane, Bobbing.

A total of 336 people cycled and the event has already raised £9,000 for the charity, with more money still to be counted.

Pedal for a Purpose was organised in partnership with Swale-based Quick Release Cycling Club.

The club formed in February 2013 and after some members took part in the Demelza 101 challenge last year – cycling from Sittingbourne to Paris – they decided to do something else for the local charity.

The epic route riders made their way past Faversham and to Wye, round to Rye and through Benenden, Sissinghurst, Headcorn and back to Sittingbourne via Harrietsham, Bredgar and Borden.


Posted on: Apr 20, 2015
Posted by: Emma Grove

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