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CHARITY INFORMATION

Demelza House is a children's hospice providing care and support to over 450 children with life-limiting conditions and their families across Kent, East Sussex and South East London. As a result of last season's Football Aid event at the Valley, they received £1,500 to help fund music therapy sessions for their children. The music therapy provides an important medium in which to communicate, providing children with limited movement a physical means of release for feelings that are often too difficult to express and put into words.

This brings the total awarded to Demelza to £3,200 which Head of Fundraising, James Hanaway is extremely grateful for. "We rely almost entirely on our fundraising to cover our running costs and are so appreciative of all our supporters like Football Aid and Field of Dreams, who allow us to provide this special service to children and families who really need it."

Lisa Busby, Demelza's Trusts Fundraiser explains the difference the grants have made. "The therapy sessions allow the children a space and opportunity to have their thoughts and feelings listened to through music and verbal discussions. There are also opportunities to play together as a family and record music onto CD's."

"The grant in 2005 gave three teenagers with specific needs, six individual sessions over a two month period. They were at a crisis point in their lives. They needed time away from their families to express issues regarding relationships, treatment and isolation. The sessions were very successful, very sensitive and confidential. The young people felt listened to and had an environment in which to discuss difficult issues. At the moment the project is small, but making a significant impact on the young peoples lives and their families."

DECEMBER 2008 UPDATE

Charlton continue to support Demelza Hospice for Children and in 2007 Field of Dreams gave the Hospice a grant of £2,000 on their behalf. The hospice provides care for over 450 life-limited children and their families across Kent, South London and East Sussex. The grant was used to fund Art Therapy sessions benefiting the children and their families.