Demelza House Hospice Care for Children

Health and Welfare

A £5000 grant from the Roger De Haan Charitable Trust has helped Demelza Hospice Care For Children provide vital bereavement support. The money has provided equipment which enables families to create memory boxes. Demelza has purchased casting plaster, photo albums, canvasses, glue guns, ink pads and various other craft goods to help create precious memories. All the materials are held on site, so families of children being looked after at the hospice can take photos, make hand and foot prints or even record their child’s voice.

Senior Trust fundraiser, Laura Smyth said: “Each and every day, Demelza Hospice Care for Children offers a unique place of care and support for children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions.”

Ms Smyth also highlighted the importance of the Memory Making Project: “As well as offering services including short breaks, symptom control and emergency respite, we also provide end-of-life care for children and bereavement support for their families,” she explained. “One of the ways we do this is by memory making, which can be so important to the end-of-life care we provide. Families often have keepsakes and treasured mementoes to help them through the grieving process. This grant of £5,000 from The Roger De Haan Charitable Trust helps us support a family through this most difficult time.”