HAILSHAM: Fundraising goes dotty for charity

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VOLUNTEERS for Demelza Hospice Care for Children took part in a thoroughly “dotty” week, as part of the National Children’s Hospice Week.

Several schools also took part in the “Go Dotty Week”, as volunteers and supporters dressed up in dotty clothes to raise money for the charity.

On Friday (May 20) there was lots going on at the charity’s shop in the High Street, with a cake stall and a tombola, and a street collection was also taken.

The week before, Friends of Demelza (Hailsham) joined forces with other Demelza volunteers to raise money for the charity, running the refreshments hall at Bates Farm for two days during the Bluebell Walk and Farm Trail opening.

Although the bluebells were almost at an end, there were plenty of visitors to this beautiful area, and the Demelza ladies served soup, ploughman’s lunches, filled bread rolls, homemade cakes, along with coffee, tea and cold drinks.

With some newcomers recently joined the Friends taking part, the volunteers all enjoyed the experience, and at the same time made a healthy sum for Demelza.

Demelza Hospice Care for Children run a team of community nurses providing hospice care in the homes of many families across East Sussex and West Kent from their centre at Magham Down.

With the back-up of their hospice in Sittingbourne for respite and specialised care when needed, the community nursing team support not just the child, but also the siblings and the entire family to manage the difficult times they experience when a child has a life-threatening or life-limiting condition.

With minimal government funding, this service which has proved so invaluable to many families, depends almost entirely on fundraising by its volunteers.

Anyone interested in joining the Friends of Demelza (Hailsham) should contact Sue on 840797 or Pam on 844020.