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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

Demelza Chief Executive pays tribute to Vice President

Staff at Demelza were saddened to hear about the death of Vice President Chris Fishwick.

Chris worked in the City for over 25 years, originally as a member of the London Stock Exchange and latterly as a board director of Aberdeen Asset Management PLC.

In 2009 he was appointed Deputy Chairman of Tunbridge Wells based Adept Telecom Plc.

The father of two was a dedicated supporter of Demelza and had been a Vice President for the past four years.

Posted on: Sep 25, 2015
Posted by: Helen Francis

As you like it: Guests enjoy Shakespearean themed ball

Around 300 guests packed out the Swan at the Globe in London for a glittering black tie do in aid of Demelza.

The Midsummer Night's Dream themed event on Friday (Sept 18th) included a champagne reception, a three course meal and auction by Clive Emson.

The lovely evening had a serious purpose - to raise vital funds for Demelza's hospice service - and Demelza dad John Humphrey spoke about his family's experience of using Demelza and the difference the charity's support made to them.

Posted on: Sep 21, 2015
Posted by: Helen Francis

Runners take on 5k and 10k for Demelza

Hundreds of supporters, including a man in his 90s, took part in the Demelza Run at Leeds Castle on Sunday 20th September.

Around 650 runners took part in the 5k or 10k course, amongst them supporters, staff, volunteers and Demelza families.

Twelve running clubs also took part in the 11th Demelza Run, the last to be held at Leeds Castle, including Rebel Runners, New Eltham Joggers, Beginners to Runners, Jelly Leg runners, Dragons Running Club, Newington Athletics Club, Vegan Runners, So Let’s Go running, Ashford RC, Sittingbourne striders and Barming. The winner of the Running Club shield for the most signs up from one club went to Rebel Runners who had around 60 runners taking part.

The charity’s mascot, Dotty was there to spur competitors on and to pose for selfies and Heart FM DJ Neil Kefford took to the mike to compere. Drummers bloco fogo were also there to entertain runners before the start of the run.

The 10k race was started by Demelza child Millie De’ Vere. It was won by Niall Stewart in a time of 36 minutes 59 seconds; Kieran Hughes came second and Richard Hunter scooped third place.

The first child to finish the 10k was 12-year-old Ben Smith and Eloise Smith was the first female over the finish line.

The 5k race was won by Paul Moates in a time of 19 minutes 42 seconds, with Luke Hurton second and Jessica Carley coming third. Jessica was also the first female and child to come in for the 5k.

From young to old: Age was no limit for competitor John Hart who took part in the 5k run a day before his 93rd birthday.


Posted on: Sep 21, 2015
Posted by: Helen Francis

Chilly challenge for Beckenham man
A Beckenham man is taking on a chilly challenge in aid of Demelza. 

Dan O’Connor will be putting himself through his paces when he takes on The Polar Circle Marathon in Greenland next month. 

The 25-year-old will be raising funds for Demelza during the event which takes place in the endless ice and arctic backdrop of the country, with runners passing glacier tongues, moraine landscapes and the soundless arctic desert. 

He says his training has been going really well as he’s been upping the miles he runs every week and working on his general fitness in the gym.

Posted on: Sep 10, 2015
Posted by: Helen Francis

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