Startups.co.uk is proud to support Demelza children’s hospice

UK's leading independent online business resource will be raising funds for charity which cares for children and young people with life limiting conditions

Startups.co.uk is pleased to announce that it is proudly supporting Demelza-Hospice Care for Children and will be helping to raise funding for the charity through a range of events and activities.

Demelza runs two children’s hospices in Sittingbourne, Kent and Eltham, South East London and provides care to children aged zero to 19 years with life limiting conditions including muscular dystrophy, cystic fibrosis, congenital abnormalities and acquired diseases such as cancer, chronic renal failure or heart disease.

The charity was founded in 1993 by Derek Phillips following the death of his 24 year-old daughter Demelza from a brain tumour and offers a range of services including short breaks, palliative care and end of life care.

It also offers outreach support for young people up to the age of 25 and runs Demelza Community which is hospice at home care. This service sees its community palliative care team go directly to families’ homes to deliver care, respite, crisis intervention and an on-call service.

Zyan Demelza

Demelza has helped hundreds of children to date including seven year-old Zyan (pictured). Zyan was diagnosed with chronic and severe epilepsy in December 2012, is on four different drugs and wears a helmet to stop him hurting himself.

He started visiting the charity’s Eltham hospice in 2013 and comes for respite or daycare to give his mother Penny a break while his brother takes part in activities with other siblings which has really helped. Penny said the charity has “changed our lives forever. When Zyan goes to Demelza it’s like a holiday, I can sleep”.

In recognition of Demelza’s great work, Startups.co.uk will be fundraising for the charity through quarterly events and smaller events such as company bake-offs, quizzes and our own take on Dragons’ Den.

To find out more about Demelza and ways you can get involved with the charity, click here.

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