Demelza nurses can ‘add life to days’

Julie Brett
Julie Brett
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New East Sussex Demelza fundraiser Julie Brett is appealing to residents to help support the hospice at home care service.

Julie, who recently started at the charity, is looking for people to help in many different ways from organising fundraising events, to volunteering, to helping out at Demelza bucket collections or signing up to events, such as runs and marathons.

She can help provide support by doing talks for community groups, give advice and fundraising materials to anyone interested.

Demelza provides a hospice at home care service for families across East Sussex by providing respite, support and end of life care for life limited and life threatened children.

Currently 157 families are supported by the service.

Julie said of her job, “It’s brilliant, it’s so varied. You never know what you could be doing from one day to the next. I love meeting people and I’m passionate about kids.

“It’s rewarding because you know the money’s coming to a great cause.

“We provide superb quality of care and we’re so careful with the money raised, such a high proportion of it goes directly to the care of the children, rather than being spent on admin.”

“Adding life to days when days cannot be added to life” is the ethos of Demelza Hospice Care for Children.

Demelza provides care and a place to play, relax and recharge, for nearly 800 children with life-limiting or life-threatening illnesses and their families.

In addition to residential care, the Demelza community team provides a ‘Hospice at Home’ care service for children and families in East Sussex, Kent and South East London.

Specialist paediatric community nurses go directly into the family home to provide day care, crisis intervention, an on-call service and respite, combined with short breaks and other services. This flexible care provision enables families to live their lives in their own environment and take away some of the strain of caring for a life-limited child.

If you’re interested in getting involved please contact Julie on: or: 07917 603 075