In March, The Kings Ferry and Demelza Hospice Care for Children celebrated 22 years of partnership. We first began supporting Demelza in 1996 and helped raise funds to build the main site in Sittingbourne which opened its doors in 1998. Since then, we’ve raised £15,000 to support the vital work Demelza do and donated free coach travel for family and staff events.
“Demelza Hospice Care for Children provides specialist care and emotional support for children with terminal conditions and their loved ones, so that they can enjoy their time together as a family, for as long as they have. As a charity, we are dependent on the generosity of our supporters to keep our services going. We are grateful to the many local businesses and individuals who support us, but our long-standing relationship with The Kings Ferry means a lot to us as it is rare to have worked with one company for more than two decades,” said Tamsyn Clark, Director of Fundraising at Demelza.
Speaking about the partnership, Head of Marketing at The Kings Ferry Group, Sam Adams, said: “The team at Demelza do an amazing job helping terminally ill children enjoy the best possible quality of life and it is a pleasure to support them in this work. We are proud to have provided coach hire for them and raised £15,000 over the past 22 years and this is thanks to all the team at The Kings Ferry – from our drivers and customer service managers to engineers and technicians – everyone has put their hands in their pockets at different times and together, we are helping Demelza to make a big difference for children and their families.”
In the past 22 years of supporting Demelza, we’ve raised money through a variety of ways including; raffles, bake sales, staff competitions, sponsorship challenges, dress down days, and coffee mornings. Recently, Garry Warren from our East Kent depot had been training for the Paris Marathon which he ran on the 14th April to raise money for the charity. We are also proud to sponsor Demelza’s Easter Egg Hunt on the 19th April for the first time.
Over the years the money raised has gone into development and maintenance of the hospice in Sittingbourne which was most recently rated as ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission.
“We are deeply thankful to The Kings Ferry for their long-term commitment to our work, and we look forward to more years of partnership in the future,” concluded Tamsyn.