This year The Kings Ferry and Demelza Hospice Care for Children are celebrating 22 years of partnership and £15,000 in donations to the charity. The Kings Ferry, a leading UK coach operator and travel company based in Gillingham, Kent, first began supporting Demelza in 1996 and helped raise funds to build the main hospice in Sittingbourne which opened its doors to children and their families in 1998. Since then the company has raised £15,000 to support the vital work of Demelza and has donated free coach travel for family and staff events.
“Demelza 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 Hospice Care for Children.
Speaking about the partnership, head of marketing at The Kings Ferry, 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 donated £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.”
Over the past 22 years the team at The Kings Ferry has raised money in a variety of ways including raffles, tombolas, sponsorship challenges, bake sales, dress down days, themed events and ‘pay for a cuppa’ days when staff make a small donation for each cup of coffee. Garry Warren, a driver for the company’s East Kent depot, even took part in the Paris Marathon in April to raise money for Demelza.
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.