Swimwear goes back to the Victorian era

Demelza supporters at Eastbourne Carnival SUS-150406-100400001
Demelza supporters at Eastbourne Carnival SUS-150406-100400001

A bathing machine and Victorian swimwear helped a charity supporter stand out from the crowd at Eastbourne Carnival and spread the word about Demelza Hospice Care for Children.

Stephen Spence from Eastbourne, whose family is supported by the hospice, hired his own bathing costume for the Victorian Eastbourne themed event which took place on Saturday May 30.

He came up with the idea of a Demelza lifesaving ring for the carnival entry and many of the charity’s supporters adapted their clown costumes into bathing suits from the era.

He also asked the Langham Hotel in Eastbourne if he could use its original bathing machine and they used this as part of their float.

One his daughters Connie uses the hospice at home care while his other daughter Chelsea works for the charity’s care team.

Demelza’s community fundraiser Julie Brett said, “We all had a great day as usual at the carnival.

“It was a fantastic atmosphere and we would like to say thank you to all our supporters who came along to cheer us on.

“And thank you to Neil Kirby at the Langham Hotel for their bathing machine – we were delighted with our entry.

“Stephen helps us spread awareness around Eastbourne – he’s an all-round superstar.”

Find out more about Demelza at www.demelza.org.uk

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