Demelza House in Kent is a residential hospice for children which offers short break (respite) care for children, young people and their families.
Demelza-House provides a team of specialist children’s nurses for over 150 children in East Sussex, South West Kent and South London with life-threatening and life-limiting illness. The specialist nurses to go into the family home to care for the child and give Mum and Dad a much needed break.
As a child Raquel attended a special eqipt school as it was thought that because of her mobility she would not cope in a mainstream school, even though her family knew she had very strong academic ability. Raquel says ” I started to focus on what I could do that could be worth while to others in school. As a result I spent most of my schooling life helping care for some of the severely disabled children”.
“Truly inspirational children who despite their complex illnesses always had smiles on their faces, one of these was a gorgeous little girl Teri-Ann touched my heart. Teri-Ann sadly died aged just 14 years old.” Raquel adds “This is why Demelza House touches my heart.”
Demelza-House currently receives no funding from Health Authorities or Local Government so your money really does help.As little as £1 could pay for a child’s oxygen mask, more than £5 could pay for a 10 minute telephone conversation at 3am with a parent who ‘just wants to talk.
The Eilidh Brown Memorial Fund
Eilidh Brown was a remarkably brave young girl who sadly died after a long battle with cancer. The cancer was discovered after she collapsed on a school trip in February 2009.
Tests revealed she had a melon sized malignant tumour on her left ovary. Both tumours on her left ovary were removed with surgery.
Eilidh also had a chromosomal disorder which occurs in 1 out of 2000 girls which is a form of Turners Syndrome.
Eilidh had several surgeries to remove various tumours in her right ovary in her womb, part of her bowel. Eilidh sadly lost her battle with cancer on March 25th 2010 just 9 days before her 16th birthday.
After hearing Eilidh’s story I was so deeply touched by her bravery and continue to think of new ways to fundraise for the charity
To read more of Eilidh’s story and donate go to The Eilidh Brown Memorial Fund