Our donation helps hospice charity for children
Demelza Hospice Care for Children has received a donation from us to help provide vital care for seriously ill babies and children.
We have donated £500 to the charity to help fund expert nurses and care assistants who support children with life‑limiting or life‑threatening conditions.
Claire Ellis-Waghorn, Acting Director of Voluntary Income at Demelza, says: “As a charity, and not part of the NHS, we must raise over £10.5 million each year to continue providing care to families living in East Sussex, Kent and South East London.
“Taylor Wimpey’s kind gesture will ensure that Demelza can be there from the start, during day‑to‑day family life, times of crisis, and bereavement – not just for children and their parents, but for the wider family too. Every year we deliver this specialist care to hundreds of babies, children and young people.”
The charity has two hospices – Demelza Kent in Sittingbourne and Demelza SEL in Eltham – where children up to the age of 19 receive expert, one-to-one care. This includes respite and symptom management, as well as life-enhancing therapies and facilities such as a hydrotherapy pool and a soft play room.
In East Sussex, the charity offers a hospice at home service, providing care and support in the comfort of a child’s own home.
Claire adds: “Taylor Wimpey has previously donated some of their showhome furniture to one of our charity shops and approached us to offer further support. We’re extremely grateful as it helps validate the work the hospice does in caring for special children.”
Jason Stokes, Regional Sales and Marketing Director, says: “We’re honoured to be able to help Demelza Hospice Care for Children and support this wonderful charity and the fantastic work it does.
“It’s very important to us that we support the communities where we build our new homes, and helping the hospice to continue providing its services can make a difference to so many local children and their families.”
Annual duck race and fun day went swimmingly following our donation
The Britannia Inn in Hythe recently hosted its annual Duck Race and Fun Day, helped by a £500 donation from us.
Our donation went towards funding the grand prize as well as some of the other prizes for the event’s raffle draw.
Our Sales Executive Karen is pictured here with Nigel Cooper from the Britannia Inn
The lucky winner of the raffle received a cash prize of £250 and a selection of other prizes were also available at the fun-filled charity event which took place on Saturday 13th August.
A fantastic range of family entertainment was laid on, including water stocks, a coconut shy, face painting, tombola’s, an all day barbecue, homemade cakes and plenty of other stalls, as well as the raffle and main event – the duck races.
All proceeds raised on the day will be donated and split equally between the Pilgrims Hospice (a charity that has been providing end-of-life care and support for patients and their families across east Kent for more than 30 years) and Carers Support (a charity that provides personalised service and support to people who are carers for family members, partners or friends).
Nigel Cooper, landlord at the Britannia Inn, says: “We love hosting this event every year as it brings the local community together and there are plenty of attractions for all the family.
“The duck race’s are always a lot of fun and it’s great that we had a fantastic grand prize and other smaller cash prizes for the raffle draw – we’d like to say a big thank you to Taylor Wimpey for their donation.
“The money raised at the event will be split equally between Carers Support and Pilgrims Hospice, both of whom do such important work that many of us in the community have benefited from, so this is our chance to give something back.”
Jason Stokes, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey South East, says: “The Britannia Inn Duck Race and Fun Day is a fabulous event for the whole community to enjoy so we were only too pleased to lend our support.
“We hope everyone had a wonderful day and that plenty of funds were raised for the incredibly hard-working and worthwhile charities.”