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Fundraiser to complete marathon's worth of parkruns
A sporty young schoolgirl has come up with the unique idea of running a marathon for charity – by completing eight different events. 

Yvette Lewis, from Balham, has decided to take part in a parkrun every week until she has run 26.2 miles in aid of Demelza.

The dedicated 10-year-old will be completing eight 5k runs and a 2k run - a total of 42k (26 miles).

Ravenstone Primary School pupil Yvette likes running and says she wanted to do a marathon as both her parents enjoy the sport and her dad Simon has run a marathon.

She is completing the events in memory of her granddad’s partner Julie Saunders, who passed away from cancer last year.

Although she has never done a challenge on this scale before, Yvette has already done the Horsham parkrun, South Oxhey parkrun and the Basingstoke parkrun – all in less than 36 minutes.

She will take part in her last event on Sunday 29th March.

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

Disney fun for guests at children's party
Hundreds of people have enjoyed a Disney-themed new year party.

Demelza hosted the bash on Sunday 15th February at Priestfield Stadium in Gillingham.

The party had been due to take place in January but unfortunately had to be rescheduled.

The charity puts on the occasion every year for the children and families it cares for and there were around 240 people there.

As well as music and dancing, there was face-painting, a tombola, table quizzes, a penalty kick game put on by the Kent FA, arts and crafts and special guests Elsa and Anna from Frozen along with Mickey and Minnie Mouse.

Food was served for the guests and all the children were given presents.

Posted on: Feb 18, 2015
Posted by: Emma Grove

Exhilarating challenge for charity
If you’re looking for an exhilarating challenge – why not have a go at jumping out of a plane at 12,000ft for charity? 

Demelza has two dates booked for people who would like to do a skydive to support it.

The events will take place at Headcorn Airfield, near Maidstone, on Sunday 14th June and Saturday 1st August.

Demelza is a charity which provides hospice care for children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions and their families across South East London, East Sussex and Kent.

To take part in a jump for the charity, you need to raise a minimum of £410 sponsorship. 

Posted on: Feb 17, 2015
Posted by: Emma Grove

Apprentice star gives his support to Demelza
A candidate from popular TV show The Apprentice is hoping to encourage schools to sign up to a Demelza fundraising initiative.  

Felipe Alviar-Baquero, who was in the 2014 series of the BBC programme, is supporting the charity's enterprise scheme.

Each year, Demelza runs the initiative, which sees participating schools given £100 to put towards organising a fundraising event.

Last year, almost £10,000 was raised from the £900 which was given out after pupils came up with a whole range of ideas from sporting challenges to cake sales.

At the end of the scheme, the school which has raised the most money will be declared the winner.

Lawyer Mr Alviar-Baquero, who lives in West Malling, says he wanted to support Demelza as he has always admired the work of the charity, saying the impact it has on its children and families is invaluable and unique. 

He said he feels honoured to be involved with the enterprise scheme as he thinks it’s important for children to learn about entrepreneurship.

Posted on: Feb 13, 2015
Posted by: Emma Grove

Council clean up clothing bank
Council environment wardens have helped Demelza clean up after vandals. 

Demelza had a clothing bank situated in Thanington Road, Canterbury, but over the years it had been badly damaged by vandalism, making it unusable.

Staff were unsure of how to set about cleaning it up so contacted Kent County Council, which put them in touch with Swale council.

Two of its environment wardens Daniel Bacon and Kim Robertson went over to Demelza’s warehouse in Sittingbourne, where the bank had been moved to, and cleaned it up.

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

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