Mission of the month

Demelza Hospice Care for Children

Demelza looks after children up to 19 years old with life limiting illnesses and their families in two residential hospices, Demelza Kent in Sittingbourne and Demelza South East London in Eltham.  Demelza nurses also go directly into the children’s homes and offering a hospice at home service with Demelza Community in East Sussex.

Demelza offers support at diagnosis, symptom management, respite care, therapies, sibling and family support as well as end of life care and bereavement support.

In Sittingbourne there are now ten bedrooms and six bathrooms.  Two of the bedrooms have ensuite facilities specifically for teenagers which have recently been upgraded. Facilities include a music room, an art room, a sensory room, a soft play area and a Hydrotherapy Pool. There is now a cinema room and computer/games consoles available and use of Eye gaze (eye-driven) technology. There are large grounds with quiet reflective areas and a large pirate ship playground.

In Eltham there are 6 bedrooms, all with ensuite bathrooms, a music/sensory room, a wet play/art room, a family room, networked computers for family use and a small outdoor playground.

Care is taken into the home by Demelza Community to give families a break without having to travel.  This enables children and young people with terminal conditions to have specialist care in familiar surroundings. As a result, families are given more flexibility and helped to retain a sense of control and independence. They can also access both hospices.

St Mary’s church has supported this wonderful charity since its inception in 1994 (the first Hospice in Sittingbourne was opened in 1998) and has continued to support the charity in its aim to help life limited children and their families live life to the full.  Demelza Hospice Care for Children is grateful for all the support that has been given over the years by the people of St. Mary’s Church, Shortlands. 

For more information see the mission board at the back of Church in September or go to www.demelza.org.uk.