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Coronavirus Kent: Demelza Hospice Care for Children says it's re-looking at how it manages income after fundraising events postponed or cancelled

A children's charity says it is re-looking at how it manages its income after many of its fundraising events were postponed or cancelled amid the coronavirus crisis.

Demelza Hospice Care for Children, which provides specialist care for youngsters with terminal conditions in hospices in Bobbing, near Sittingbourne, and Eltham and in family homes across East Sussex, says whilst the provision of care is the priority, ongoing funding is a major issue.

Ryan Campbell, chief executive of Demelza Hospice Care for Children
Ryan Campbell, chief executive of Demelza Hospice Care for Children

Many fundraising events have already been postponed or cancelled which, it says, will have a huge impact on the charity's revenue.

Tamsyn Clark, director of fundraising and marketing, said: "This unprecedented situation has resulted in the postponement or cancellation of many of our fundraising events for the foreseeable future and has meant we are re-looking at how we manage our income.

"Please do support us, in any way, if you can.

"This can be done online at www.demelza.org.uk/donate."

She added: "A huge thank you goes out to all of our supporters for their commitment and continued support – we cannot do this without you."

Meanwhile, in an open letter to families, supporters, volunteers and staff, Demelza's chief executive Ryan Campbell has set out the charity’s initial response to the evolving emergency.

He said: "Our primary concern is how children with terminal and serious conditions might be affected by the coronavirus emergency, including how families will cope when parents become ill and unable to provide care for their children.

"We are currently providing end of life care to children and other urgent care to families in need.

"We will continue, but to do so is going to involve huge changes in how we provide support in the short-term and, potentially, in the long-term too.

"We are working very hard on what we do, how we best help, and how we join with others across the voluntary sector, NHS and elsewhere."

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