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Demelza Hospice Care For Children

Derek and Jennifer Phillips set up Demelza House over twenty years ago following the death of their daughter in 1990. After a huge fund raising effort Demelza House was able to welcome its first residents in 1998. There are now three facilities that together make up Demelza Hospice Care for Children. At the time of writing these were the only residential children and young peoples' hospice facilities in: Kent, South East London and East Sussex.

The aim of this page is to introduce Demelza Hospice Care to anyone who doesn't know about the project, to provide some links to more resources and to highlight opportunities to support the work through voluntary and fund raising activities. For more local Kent community features visit our main Community News page.

Demelza Kent, originally Demelza House, a renown centre for the provision of hospice care to: children, young people and their carers and families. Demelza House, Rook Lane, Bobbing, Sittingbourne, Kent,ME9 8DZ.

Demelza South East London is a hospice for children and young people with 6 beds at 5 Wensley Close, Eltham, London. SE9 5AB.

The Demelza Community offers integrated support through a Community Palliative Care Team working with families, typically in their own homes. This service is based at Langtye Farm, Langtye Lane, Ripe, Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 6BA.

The context in which services and care are provided has been summed up on the website:

"The philosophy of nursing care at Demelza is based on a goal to provide a supportive, non-judgemental service of excellence to children/young people with life limiting or life threatening conditions and their families and to enable equity of access for all children/young people with palliative care needs and their families."

Volunteering And Demelza Kent

  • There's a wide range of activities that can be undertaken by volunteers in and around the house; some clerical tasks, cooking, cleaning and even gardening.
  • For people in East Sussex there are opportunities to support the Home Hospice Service.
  • For volunteers wishing to has a work closely with children, families are carers there may be an opportunity to join the advanced volunteer program.
  • Demelza Charity Shops generally need help with most of the day to day activities you'd expect to find in the not-for-profit retail sector.
  • Ambassador Volunteers are used to undertake public speaking engagements and take the work of the organisation out into the community
  • There are nearly always opportunities for volunteers to help with the ongoing community fund raising projects.

Visit the website for more information about Demelza Hospice Care For Children and volunteering visit www.demelza.org.uk.

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