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Places available in Tonbridge Half

There are places available in this year’s Tonbridge Half Marathon to support Demelza.

The event takes place on Sunday 4th October at West Kent College in Tonbridge.

This is the fifth year of the event and Demelza is delighted to have again be chosen as one of the charity partners.

We have limited places available to those who would like to take on the challenge.

If you already have a place but have yet to choose your charity, we would also welcome you onto our Demelza team.


Posted on: Jul 30, 2015
Posted by: Emma Grove


Run to the Beat in aid of Demelza

If you love listening to music while you run and want to support charity at the same time – the perfect event for you is taking place in London this year.

 Demelza Hospice Care for Children has places for people to take part in Run to the Beat – the city’s most unique running music event.

 It’s taking place on Sunday 13th September.


Posted on: Jul 16, 2015
Posted by: Emma Grove


Demelza achieves volunteering accreditation

We are delighted to announce Demelza has achieved Investing in Volunteers (IIV) accreditation – which recognises our work with volunteers.

The IIV is the UK quality standard for all organisations which involve volunteers in their work and we are one of only 25 organisations to achieve the title during July 2015.

More than 800 currently have the accreditation throughout the UK, from small community groups to large national multi-branch charities.

Demelza is lucky enough to have more than 1,200 volunteers who support us and without them we couldn’t continue to do what we do.

They help us across all sections of the charity, from fundraising, maintenance in the gardens and helping the chefs in our kitchens to sorting stock at our warehouse, supporting our housekeeping team and working in admin.


Posted on: Jul 14, 2015
Posted by: Emma Grove


Keen gardener's new way to raise funds

A keen gardener came up with a novel green-fingered way to raise money for charity.

Sophie Whelpton, who works at the Lewes office of Mulberry Cottages, organised a Great British Plant Swap to support Demelza Hospice Care for Children.

She has always enjoyed growing plants from seed and has friends who do the same so she decided to put the two together to raise money.

The Ashdown Forest resident said: “I held a plant swap coffee morning – the idea stemming from the fact that people who grow from seed often grow more than they need.

“I emailed friends telling them I wanted to raise money for Demelza and explained a bit about how the charity helps families with terminally ill children.”

The plant swap worked by guests donating £5 and bringing 10 plants of any variety with them – and they all left with 10 different plants.


Posted on: Jul 9, 2015
Posted by: Emma Grove


Young Demelza volunteer scoops national prize

A Kent teenager has been honoured for his voluntary work.

Jack Sharp is a volunteer at Demelza's shop in Herne Bay after joining as part of a job centre scheme which encourages young people to learn workplace skills.

Initially the 19-year-old committed to working 16-25 hours a week for up to eight weeks, but after a short time he decided he didn’t want his placement to end so applied to become a volunteer.

Jack is involved in all aspects of the day-to-day running of the shop, from accepting donations, promoting Gift Aid and processing stock to merchandising, till work, cash-handling, cashing up and as a key holder.

He regularly helps boost sales by PAT testing items and getting them in the window and as a result, electrical sales at the Herne Bay outlet have risen from £38 last year to £628 this year.


Posted on: Jul 2, 2015
Posted by: Emma Grove

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