Demelza Hospice Care For Children
Demelza was established to make life better for babies, children and young people who have life-threatening or life-limiting conditions, offering support to their parents, brothers, and sisters, and all those who love them, both family and friends.
The charity, Demelza Hospice Care For Children, has been providing this type of care since 1998 and, through the generosity of others, we can continue to be there for families now and for years to come. Providing care all year round for young people with life threatening conditions
Demelza is a children’s hospice charity in the south east of the UK, providing vital care to families across East Sussex, Kent and South East London.
Demelza are all about life – to help those who may not live a long life to live a full life.
Demelza are here to provide compassionate and expert care for babies, children, young people and their families. When they need it the most.
They enable families to stay, play and create priceless memories together. To enjoy quality family time in a peaceful place, supported by quality care.
Demelza are here to create precious moments and happy memories. In the family home or in both of their family hospices – Demelza Kent in Sittingbourne and Demelza SEL in Eltham.
And if time is cut short, they will still help. Help ease the family’s fear and anxiety and move forward. Whatever it takes.
As a charity, their bespoke support is free of charge to families and is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Demelza Hospice Care For Children are solely dedicated to providing the highest level of care and understanding, each and every day.
How Did Demelza Hospice Care For Children Start?
The organisation carries the name of Demelza Phillips, daughter of Derek and Jennifer Phillips, who died tragically from a brain tumour at the age of 24.
Demelza had worked at Acorns Children’s Hospice in Birmingham and was inspired by their work. This inspiration was passed on to her parents who had the vision to establish a children’s hospice in the South-East of England.
Working with a small group of founding supporters, in 1994 Derek and Jennifer set up the charity and campaigned tirelessly across the areas where we are now so thoroughly established. This attracted tens, then hundreds, and now thousands of supporters.
In 1998 our Patron the Countess of Burma opened the hospice in Sittingbourne, Kent. The building was designed by Derek himself as an architect and is a remarkable bringing together of beauty, serenity, and practicality.
Sadly, Jennifer Phillips died unexpectedly in August 2001 aged 61. She is remembered in the charity's Garden of Tranquillity, along with many of the children and young people who have used the hospice.
Demelza entered its next phase of development in 2004. They merged with James House, a charity established in East Sussex by Robin and Mary Gooch following the death of their 11-year-old son James. This enabled them to provide therapies, respite and end-of-life care in the comfort and security of a child’s own home.
And to put the final piece of the founding vision into place, in 2009 Demelza was able to build and open a hospice in Eltham, to serve the boroughs of Bexley, Bromley, Croydon, Greenwich, Lambeth, Lewisham, and Southwark. The South-East London hospice is an oasis of peace, fun, opportunity, and rest for young Londoners and their families in need of our help and support.
The leaflet, Demelza's smile, written in the early days of the organisation, describes how the vision of Derek and Jennifer, inspired by the life of their daughter, became a reality.
Demelza Hospice Care for Children is all about life; enabling those who may not live a long life to live a full life. They provide care for seriously ill babies, children and young people, and support for their families, when they need them the most.
Find out More
If you would like to find out further details about Demelza and the work they do, please visit their website.
Demelza relies on the kindness of individuals, businesses, groups and schools for funding. Here at Team Frames Trade and Retail, we have raised more than ten thousand pounds and look forward to raising a further ten thousand just as soon as we can.
To put that number into perspective. £10,000 is enough to pay for eleven days care for a child at one of the hospices. Demelza needs to raise ten million pounds in order to continue offering support to children and families who need it most.
"My mother is very happy with the windows and the service."- Mrs J. Reigate