Donation helps hospice charity for children

Date: Thursday 29 June 2017

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Donation helps hospice charity for children

Demelza Hospice Care for Children has received a donation from us which will help provide vital care for seriously ill babies and children.

Our South East business unit, which is currently building high-quality new homes across the region, has 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, Sales and Marketing Director for Taylor Wimpey South East, 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.”