Demelza fundrais­ers are forced to call it a day

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Helping Others - By Ai­dan Bar­low

Char­ity bosses have praised the ef­forts of three women who have raised thou­sands of pounds to help sick chil­dren.

Eileen Wil­son, Hilda Dur­rant and Joan Dud­ley have been sup­port­ing Demelza Hospice Care for Chil­dren in Ash­ford, and have col­lected more than £3,000 in this year alone.

They have been re­spon­si­ble for or­gan­is­ing cake sales, quizzes and cof­fee morn­ings, as well as sell­ing quilts and hand-sewn goods at craft fairs.

But now the trio, who have raised more than £10,000 in to­tal, are putting away their sewing bas­kets and nee­dles.

Ms Wil­son said: “We have had great fun meet­ing up to chat, sew, and sell things to raise money for Demelza, but we are not get­ting any younger.

“A cou­ple of us have health prob­lems, so we all felt that now was the right time to stop.”

Hospice fundraiser Leila Ilkhan has praised their “ster­ling” ef­forts, adding: “Th­ese ladies have been amaz­ing.

“Over the past four years, their sup­port has been fan­tas­tic.

“Un­for­tu­nately, they are go­ing to leave a big hole in our fundrais­ing in Ash­ford, so we would be de­lighted to wel­come any­one on board who would like to help with our fundrais­ing ef­forts.

“We don’t ex­pect them to climb moun­tains or run marathons.

“Cof­fee morn­ings, book sales, bric-a-brac sales and raf­fles are small events that can add up to a big to­tal at the end of the year.”

The char­ity runs three hos­pices for chil­dren, in­clud­ing one at Sit­ting­bourne, and re­lies on do­na­tions to raise £10 mil­lion each year to sup­port hun­dreds of sick chil­dren.

Ms Ilkhan is en­cour­ag­ing groups of friends or work­place col­leagues to get to­gether and vol­un­teer to help.

Any­one who is in­ter­ested should email Leila.ilkhan@ demelza.org.uk or call the fundrais­ing team on 07825 094777.

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Demelza Hospice sup­port­ers Eileen Wil­son, Hilda Dur­rant and Joan Dud­ley with com­mu­nity fundraiser David Holmes

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