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Grandparents take on cycling challenge

A sporty couple have cycled almost 500 miles through wind and rain to support Demelza.

Grandparents Bob and Linda Baxter from Whitstable took on a mammoth bike ride from Land’s End to Broadstairs.

They completed their 475 mile, nine-day challenge in May and visited the hospice in Sittingbourne with their three-year-old grandson Arthur Spinner on Thursday 18th June to hand over the £1,743 they have raised.

The couple, of Long Reach Close, Seasalter, didn’t have a support crew so were responsible for their own bikes the whole time. They stayed in hostels and B&Bs and with relatives throughout the journey.

Mrs Baxter is a nurse at Whitstable Health Centre and decided to raise money for Demelza as it’s the charity her workplace supports.

Posted on: Jun 19, 2015
Posted by: Emma Grove

Trekkers take on Ben Nevis for Demelza
An amazing group of fundraisers has completed a mammoth trek up the UK’s highest mountain in support of Demelza. 

A group of 65 people took on Ben Nevis at the weekend.

So far they have raised more than £72,000 between them, with more donations still to come in.

The group flew up to Edinburgh on two different flights on Friday 12th June and then headed by coach to their hotel in Fort William.

The trek took place the following day, and after battling wind, rain and lots of snow, the fastest people completed it in five hours 30 minutes.

At the end of the day when they had made it back down, they were treated to a celebration meal where they were all presented with a medal and a trophy.

Among those taking part were Mette Mewett, 40, and Louise Kjaertinge, 40.

The pair’s team name was the Dotty Danes and they signed up as Mette’s daughter Anna was diagnosed with bone cancer when she was four.

She’s been in remission for more than four years but while she was having treatment the family was given support by Demelza’s hospice in Sittingbourne.

As well as to raise money for the charity, Mette, of Charles Street, and Louise, of Reculver Drive, also did the challenge to celebrate their 40th birthdays.

On the trip, they met with another Herne Bay walker, mum-of-four Claire Turner, whose son Stanley is also a Demelza service user.

The six-year-old has Crouzon Syndrome and has been coming to Demelza for around two years.

Posted on: Jun 15, 2015
Posted by: Emma Grove

Budding young chefs create recipes for charity
Dozens of budding young chefs have had their recipes chosen for a charity cookbook. 

The Contract Dining Company ran a competition throughout the schools in Kent which it caters for.

They received hundreds of entries from across the county and eventually chose 41 of them to go in The Children’s Choice Cook Book – one from each school.

A total of 5,000 copies of the books have been produced and the company hopes to sell them all for £1 to raise £5,000 for Demelza.

At Loose Primary School in Maidstone, the book was officially launched on Thursday 4th June and all the children whose recipes were included were invited and were presented with a certificate and goody bag.

 Contract Dining Company operations director Tracey Spellman said: “It’s taken about six months from beginning to end so it’s been hard work but it was great fun.

Posted on: Jun 8, 2015
Posted by: Emma Grove

Get involved in foamy fun this summer
Demelza is to become the first charity to host a new fundraiser in the south of England. 

The charity will hold two Bubble Rush events this summer.

The first will take place at Brighton Racecourse on Saturday 18th July with the next at Central Park, Dartford, on Sunday 16th August.

The 5km run is for people of all ages who will have great fun running through walls of coloured foam.

They will both start at 11am with an energetic warm-up before participants will tackle the course and the four coloured foam stations along the way.

The first 500 people to sign up will qualify for a special early bird discount price of £20 for adults and £5 for children under 12.

After those places have sold out, it will cost £25 and £7.50 respectively. Anyone who raises £100 in sponsorship by a week after the event will have their entry fee refunded.

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

Celebrating our amazing volunteers
It’s national Volunteers’ Week this week so we have been celebrating all the wonderful people who give their time to help Demelza.

We are lucky enough to be supported by a team of more than 1,000 volunteers.

They work across 44 different areas of our charity – helping to keep things running.

Demelza wouldn’t be what it is without every single one of these amazing people.

We cannot say a big enough thank you to these superheroes for everything they do.

Posted on: Jun 4, 2015
Posted by: Emma Grove

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