Demelza Hospice Care for Children

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Place Category: Community, Education, Feature, and For Kids

  • Helping those who may not live a long life, to live a full life.   Demelza provides the best care and support for seriously ill babies, children, young people and their families, across South East London, Kent & East Sussex.

    There is no formula, everybody’s journey is unique.  Demelza gives families the choice and control of how their child is cared for, through support in their hospices, at home or in school.

    Demelza exists to make life better for babies, children and young people who have life-threatening or life-limiting conditions, and to support their parents, brothers and sisters, and all those who love them.

    They have been providing this care since 1998 and, through the generosity of others, they hope to continue to be there for families for years to come.

    Demelza South East London provides professional, specialist, one-to-one care and support and access to life-enhancing facilities for babies, children and young people up to the age of 19.

    Situated in the heart of South East London, the Eltham hospice has excellent transport links into the capital and is surrounded by local amenities and beautiful parks. With many leisure facilities and activities, Demelza SEL is the perfect retreat, whether for day or short-term respite residential care.

    Each child who visits Demelza SEL has access to their own bedroom, with a specialist bed or cot and ensuite bathroom. The hospice also has specially adapted bedrooms, designed to enable an enhanced level of independence for young people staying with us. Parents and siblings are welcome to stay in their family accommodation, complete with kitchenette and lounge.

    With your support Demelza can create precious memories for seriously ill children and their families.

    It costs over £10.5 million a year to maintain their current service across South East London, Kent & East Sussex but they know there are many more families in need of their care. As a charity they are reliant on the generosity of individuals, schools, clubs and groups who fundraise for Demelza in fun, exciting and inspiring ways.

    To find out how you can help or simply to find out more about their services, visit



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