Children in Need supports hospice

Children from Rocks Park School, Uckfield, celebrate Children in Need. By Ron Hill
Children from Rocks Park School, Uckfield, celebrate Children in Need. By Ron Hill
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A children’s hospice which serves East Sussex has been awarded a grant of £95,643 over three years from funds raised by the 2012 BBC Children in Need appeal.

The money will fund a transition support worker who will provide crucial support and advice for teenagers aged 14 to 18 who currently access services from Demelza Hospice Care for Children and their siblings.

The funding has been made possible thanks to the generosity of the public which saw £26 million raised on appeal night 2012.

At the age of 19 some young people move into adult services, including adult hospice provision which can be a challenging change in their lives. With the new transition worker, these teenagers will be better prepared for this significant change through increased knowledge, confidence and self-esteem.

The new role will include one-to-one and group work, social activities and the development of an electronic newsletter created ‘by and for’ young people.

Steve Hoy, chief executive, said: “The benefits of this ground-breaking work will be significant for the teenagers we support, enabling them to develop life skills and independence and allowing them to be more informed as to the next steps and opportunities that might be on offer. This period of transition is often stressful and complicated. Additional support will be a fantastic boost so if young people are transferring to adult services they know what to expect and how to deal with it.”