Demelza’s Italian Job

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Associate Solicitor / Project Delivery Manager Charlie Hobson and Architecture Part 1 Assistant Daniel Jenkins have signed up to Demelza’s 2019 Italian Job Challenge.

The challenge set across three days, involves cycling 225 miles in total in and around Milan. They will pedal around 7 of the Italian Lakes, including Lake Maggiore and Lake Como! If they have any energy left, there is also the opportunity to climb the famous Madonna climb (as often featured in the famous Italian cycle event, the Giro di Lombardia)!

Charlie’s Cycling Career
Charlie has only recently found his love for cycling; “I have not ridden a bicycle on the road for over 15 years and I have only just bought a new bicycle to train for this challenge! The challenge will be difficult for me and I will have to give it my all to cycle the 75-80 miles a day. I hope to also climb the Madonna del Ghisallo on the final day of the challenge. In preparation for the challenge, I have joined Nuffield Gym in Chislehurst and I am doing 4 Spin/RPM classes a week, as well as my usual weekly swimming routine and Body Pump class. I also intend to join Sidcup Cycle Club to get out on the road with my new bike! I recently did a 3 hour charity Spinathon at Sidcup Leisure centre with Samantha Howell of Playle’s Marketing Team. Completion of this further fuelled my passion for cycling.”

Daniel’s Cycling Career
Daniel has been cycling for several years and enjoys rides out into the countryside at weekends. Daniel has completed several cycling trips in the UK and across Europe. Daniel says; “I’m really looking forward to a new challenge that a difficult route in the alps will bring. Most of my trips have so far been reasonably flat ones in Holland or Belgium! I best start practising some hill climbs.”

To raise funds for this event, Charlie and Daniel will be running smaller events through-out the year. They would be grateful for your support with these and any donation will be very much appreciated.

Events Diary

Cheese & Wine Event – 11 January 2019

We arranged an Italian themed Cheese & Wine Event with Ruth Fagan Ambassador for Demelza attending to give a presentation on the charity and the Italian Job event.

A selection of 5 Italian Pinot Grigio’s and 6 Italian Cheeses were served for tasting between an Blindfolded Aroma Test Round and a Mystery Wine Tasting Round (with wines kindly donated by supporters).

Befana Raffle – 31 January 2019

We arranged an Italian themed Raffle based upon the Epiphany legend of Befana the Good Witch. A huge selection of prizes were up for grabs (with all gifts kindly donated by supporters).

3 Hour Spinathon and Raffle – 12 May 2019

We arranged a 3 hour Spinathon at Nuffield Health and Wellness Gym in Chislehurst. Sandra Williams, Marie Walker and Taylor Charatan have all kindly donated their time to come teach the class from 12pm – 3pm. In addition, we also ran a raffle with the following prizes:

  • Personal Trainer Introduction Pack with Taylor Charatan!
    (includes three 1hr PT sessions);
  • Nuffield Chislehurst beauty suite spa – 1 hour full body massage;
  • Lunch for 2 at Nuffield Chislehurst cafe;
  • 7 day guest pass at Nuffield Chislehurst (consecutive days);
  • 3 day guest pass at Nuffield Chislehurst (consecutive days);
  • 1 day guest pass at Nuffield Chislehurst;
  • The Fit Company – Nike lean training arm band for iPhone;
  • The Fit Company – 800ml speedo water bottle;
  • The Fit Company – 3pk black Nike sports performance crew socks;
  • The Fit Company – 3pk white Nike sports performance crew socks.

The winners of the Raffle were:

  • PT sessions with Taylor – Maria
  • Massage – Serk
  • Lunch – Maria
  • 7 day guest pass – Laura
  • 3 day guest pass – Lauren
  • 1 day guest pass – Sam
  • Nike iPhone armband – Michael
  • Water bottle – Sam
  • Black Nike socks – Michael
  • White Nike socks – Laura

A good selection of prizes were up for grabs (with all gifts kindly donated by supporters).

The Spinathon Instructor Team:
Sandra Williams – 12pm – 1pm
Instagram Account – sandrawillams2794

Taylor Charatan – 1pm – 2pm
For more information on Taylor Charatan:
Work email:
Work number: 020 8308 3900
Snapchat: taylor.charatan
Facebook: Taylor Charatan
Exercise & client promotion Instagram: taylor.ptfitness

Qualifications: -Gym instructor – Personal Trainer – Group cycle instructor – Outdoor fitness instructor – Circuit instructor – Les Mills Sprint instructor -Level 3 diploma in Exercise Referral from GP’s

Taylor’s availability for consultations is 7 days a week, for Personal training appointments you can find him at Nuffield Health in Chislehurst 7 days a week and on shift for health MOT appointments 1 night and 2 days of the week.

If you enjoy spin feel free to come to one of his 3 group cycle sessions each week which run Tuesday and Wednesday evening and Thursday morning, there is also a HIIT Les Mills Sprint class (30 min) on a Tuesday evening.

Taylor’s speciality is Correctional exercises for Lower body injuries due to Taylor’s own experience (compound fractures of both femurs & meniscus disc tear in the right knee cap from a motorcycle accident in 2012) which nonetheless led him into the path he is on now helping people to recover and improve their bodies. Taylor has recently finished the cut season having shredded my body fat percentage down to 10% in time for his holiday and he is now on the strength and size building side of things in his own personal training.

Taylor brings a lot of positive energy and out of the box thinking to his sessions with clients both in the spin studio and out and he prides himself on not babysitting his clients through a thousand PT sessions when he could correct any issue or get them to their goals in a set amount of sessions or a smaller period of time. With Taylor you will always get the most effective exercise or movement he can think of for the best outcome.

Marie Walker – 2pm – 3pm
For more information on Marie Walker:
Personal website:
Mobile: 07973 317 147
Instagram Account: mariewalker676
Twitter Account:
Facebook Account:

Kids Fun Days and Raffle – 16 April 2019 – 17 April 2019

We completed two Kids Fun Days on Tuesday 16th April 2019 and Wednesday 17th April 2019 whereat Charlie dressed up as a minion in aid of Demelza the Italian job!

The kids fun days were held at Mums & Darlings – 197a Days Lane, Sidcup, DA15 8JX

    Activities included:

  • Face painting;
  • Hair spraying;
  • Cupcake decorating;
  • Various kid craft activities;
  • Various games for kids;
  • An appearance from minion me and other children’s characters;
  • A raffle with these great prizes (£1 per strip of raffle tickets).

A good selection of prizes were up for grabs (with all gifts kindly donated by supporters).

Snack Packs – ALL YEAR ROUND

We have begun a weekly Snack Pack at Playle & Partners LLP to provide easy access to nourishment to staff and visitors throughout the working day, to promote healthier food options, and most importantly to raise funds for the Italian Job!


  • Bananas – 50p
  • Apples – 50p
  • Oranges / Satsumas – 50p each
  • Sweets – £1 each
  • Crisps – 50p each
  • Chocolate Biscuit Bars – 50p each
  • Breakfast Bars – 50p each
  • Banana Bread Cake – 50p per slice
  • Apple Bread Cake – 50p per slice
  • Flapjack – 50p per slice
  • Chocolate Covered Flapjack– 50p per slice

Pub Quiz – 21st June 2019

Quiz master Daniel Jenkins took to the stage at the New Eltham Rugby Club to deliver a quiz worthy of inclusion on the BBC. A fantastic time was had by all those who attended and £398 was raised.

Charity Football Match – Anticipated August 2019

Further information to follow

About Demelza

The organisation carries the name of Demelza Phillips, daughter of Derek and Jennifer Phillips, who died tragically from a brain tumour at the age of 24. Demelza had worked at Acorns Children’s Hospice in Birmingham and was inspired by their work. This inspiration was passed on to her parents who had the vision to establish a children’s hospice in the South-East of England.

Working with a small group of founding supporters, in 1994 Derek and Jennifer set up a charity that campaigned tirelessly across the areas where we are now so well established. This attracted tens, then hundreds, and then thousands of supporters. Finally, in 1998 our Patron the Countess of Burma opened the hospice in Sittingbourne, Kent. The building was designed by Derek himself as an architect and is a remarkable bringing together of beauty, serenity, and practicality.
Sadly, Jennifer Phillips died unexpectedly in August 2001 aged 61. She is remembered in our Garden of Tranquillity, along with many of the children and young people who have used the hospice.

Demelza entered its next phase of development in 2004. We merged with James House, a charity established in East Sussex by Robin and Mary Gooch following the death of their 11-year-old son James. This enabled us to provide therapies, respite and end-of-life care in the comfort and security of a child’s own home. And to put the final piece of the founding vision into place, in 2009 Demelza was able to build and open a hospice in Eltham, to serve the boroughs of Bexley, Bromley, Croydon, Greenwich, Lambeth, Lewisham and Southwark. Our South-East London hospice is an oasis of peace, fun, opportunity and rest for young Londoners and their families in need of our help and support.

The leaflet, Demelza’s smile, written in the early days of our organisation, describes how the vision of Derek and Jennifer, inspired by the life of their daughter, became a reality.

Demelza SEL (South East London)

Demelza SEL provides professional, specialist, one-to-one care and support and access to life-enhancing facilities for babies, children and young people up to the age of 18.

Situated in the heart of South East London, our Eltham hospice has excellent transport links into the Capital and is surrounded by local amenities and beautiful parks. With many leisure facilities and activities, Demelza SEL is the perfect retreat, whether for day or short-term respite residential care.
Each child who visits Demelza SEL has access to their own bedroom, with a specialist bed or cot and ensuite bathroom. The hospice also has specially adapted bedrooms, designed to enable an enhanced level of independence for young people staying with us. Parents and siblings are welcome to stay in our family accommodation, complete with kitchenette, ensuite bathroom and lounge.

Demelza kitchen staff pride themselves in providing delicious food to cater for all different tastes and specialist diets including vegetarian and halal.

Children, young people and their families staying at Demelza SEL also have access to networked computers, fitted with special needs equipment such as touch screens and adjustable tables. All the computers have parental control software installed.

In 2017 corporate supporter Osborne Construction worked tirelessly over 14 days to transform Demelza SEL as part of its Space to Grow building project.

Charlie & Daniel

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