Charity reliant on public support

THANKS for the coverage in the Eastbourne Gazette on October 19 about Demelza’s lottery team fundraising in the town.

We get very little Government funding so rely on the support of the local community to raise money needed for our services.

However, I do wish to point out we are known as Demelza Hospice Care for Children and not the Demelza Trust.

We also look after children with a range of different conditions, not just cancer.

We care for more than 700 young people across East Sussex, Kent and South East London who are not expected to reach adulthood.

In Eastbourne and East Sussex the families we look after are able to access nursing care in their own homes.

Nurses might go in to help administer medication, organise activities for siblings, give advice to families or look after children so that parents can have a break.

We also have hospices in Sittingbourne, Kent and Eltham, South East London mainly to offer respite of a few days or a week for a family caring for a life limited child.

We are currently expanding these facilities to include ensuite bathrooms for every life-limited child who stays with us, and adding two specific teenage bedrooms and a hydrotherapy pool.

A huge thanks to everyone in Eastbourne who signed up to our lottery or who supports Demelza either through our charity shop or by giving donations.

We could not continue to look after the families in your area without your help so please don’t stop! Continue to help us add life to days when days cannot be added to life.

Find out more about Demelza at www.demelza.org.uk become our friend on facebook or follow us on twitter @demelzahospice

HELEN BACKWAY

Communications Officer

Demelza Hospice Care for Children.