James Brokenshire took a tour of Demelza Hospice in Eltham accompanied by the Chief Executive and met with families and children who use the service.
Demelza provides specialist care and emotional support for children with terminal conditions and their loved ones, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, which is free of charge to those that use them.
James toured the care rooms, day room, therapy rooms and family bedrooms, as well as chatting with the Care team and support staff. James ended his tour of the hospice with a visit to the Butterfly Suite. This suite of special bedrooms are where a child can lay at rest for up to five days after they have died, allowing their family to say goodbye in a familiar and supportive environment. Care does not stop after a child or young person dies and Demelza offers practical and emotional support for the whole family, helping families understand their loss and begin to face life, whilst remembering their child.
Due for a refurbishment, Demelza will be launching a crowdfunding campaign on 24 May to raise a total of £25,000 to provide much needed funds to support this service.
Commenting on the visit, James said
“Thank you to the team at Demelza, Eltham, for showing me around. I am so appreciative of the amazing work the care team do here 24 hours a day. The thought, kindness and compassion shown supporting children with terminal conditions and their families is humbling. To see the difference Demelza makes in the community underlined to me the real value of the incredible work Demelza does.”