Charity throws open its doors

Families enjoyed a fun-filled day when Demelza Hospice Care for Children held an open day.

The charity threw open the doors of its Sittingbourne children’s hospice and invited visitors to tour the facilities, meet the specialist staff and to learn more about how Demelza supports children with serious and terminal conditions and their families. There was also stalls, games and lots of tea and cake.

The open day is an annual event for the local community. Visitors were able to visit the hydrotherapy room, the sensory room, bedrooms and gardens, as well as meet music and art therapists, the family support team, nursing and care staff and community fundraisers.

The day was the opportunity to find out more about volunteering and visitors were shown how their fundraising helps.

Kat Cordrey, Senior Community Fundraiser said: “We had lots of visitors on our open day and it was great to welcome so many people. We really do appreciate the support.

“Visitors had fun getting involved in games and enjoyed browsing our various stalls. They were able to find out more about the help and support we give our families – as well as finding out about the Demelza lottery and our fundraising events and challenges coming up and lots more.”

There were 200 visitors to the event and over £2,000 was raised.

Find out more about Demelza at, follow the charity on Facebook at or @demelzahospice on Twitter.

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