Charity steps in to help Stone Cross family after burglary


A mum whose house was broken into while her sick daughter was in hospital has thanked a charity which stepped in to help her cope.

Stone Cross mum Suzie Ray said her daughter Mollie, ten, has a number of conditions including heart disease, brittle bones, and chromosome abnormalities, which make her more prone to infections.

One day while Mollie was in hospital getting treatment Suzie’s home was burgled.

Another of her daughter’s was laid up with her leg in a cast.

She said she was finding it difficult to cope with the stress and called her GP, who referred her to children’s charity Demelza for help.

Suzie said: “It was the summer holidays and we had been burgled while Mollie was in hospital and one of my other daughters had her leg in a cast – we couldn’t do anything.

“I didn’t think Demelza could help someone like me – I thought they just helped children who are dying but they do so much more than that.

“I can relax when Mollie’s with Demelza – knowing they are patient with her, she’s safe and happy – that’s a big thing when you have a special needs child.

“Demelza has done so much for me – it makes me feel like there’s someone to help with all this stress and I don’t need to do it all on my own.”

Demelza has just been chosen as the charity partner for next year’s Brighton Marathon.

Suzie added: “It’s fantastic news the charity is a partner for next year’s Brighton Marathon.

“It will be a great way to raise awareness and much needed funds so they can continue to provide vital support to families like mine.”

The charity is planning to increase its presence in East Sussex, where it currently supports more than 150 families.

It plans to expand its services and reach out to the estimated 200 children with life-limiting conditions who are not currently supported by Demelza.

A spokesman for the charity said: “Twenty-nine people ran in this year’s Brighton Marathon in aid of Demelza – raising more than £12,000 for the charity.

“They included Ben Smith, from Sidcup, who completed the course in three hours 28 minutes, and his seven-year-old daughter Ella who ran the Mini Mile in just over eight minutes. They both plan to do the same next year and Ben’s wife Patricia will also compete in the 10k. They support Demelza as Patricia’s sister Catriona passed away aged 12 at the charity’s Eltham hospice in March 2012.”