Demelza Kent 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 19.
Set in beautiful grounds and with serene gardens, the Sittingbourne hospice boasts many leisure facilities and activities, making it the perfect retreat, whether for day or short-term respite residential care.
Each child who visits Demelza Kent 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 and lounge.
Demelza kitchen staff pride themselves in providing delicious food to cater for all different tastes and specialists diets including vegetarian and halal. Our chefs have the pick of fresh vegetables from our kitchen garden.
In March 2003 a group of parents joined forces to propose setting up an Under 8’s football team entering into the Invicta Primary League. This was to include all local children. After much letter writing, meetings and many fylers being distributed, Iwade Herons was born.
We played at our local school and the parish council offered to pay for our training and match fees. Undoubtedly the support from all who helped with the day to day running of the club was excellent.
Sponsors were approached and many were willing to help us. After purchasing the kit, balls, goals and bibs we were ready for the season ahead.
We played many friendly games during the summer and the children were totally dedicated. The enthusiasm from the players, parents and local villagers was amazing (and still is).
Due to the success of the team, it was decided to expand and set up an Under 9’s. Unfortunately there was a lack of players and this idea was put on hold and an under 10’s was formed instead.
They were entered into the Faversham and District Junior League. Once fixtures and details came through both teams were up and running.
During the summer months, both teams gained in both knowledge and skills, due to the excellent coaching and management, These people had volunteered their time and expertise to the children, setting them up for the season ahead, which was to commence in September 2003.
With expectation and hope, Iwade Herons had arrived.
Iwade Herons continues to go from strength to strength with the help and dedication of all involved, from committee members to parents and carers.
Today the mighty Herons boasts 11 teams over 8 different age group. As well as a 5 Strong Executive team that do an amazing job behind the scenes, we have more than 25 managers and coaches all dedicated to ensuring more than 120 children and young people can enjoy the beautiful game in a safe fun environment.
Each team are supported by a wonderful group of parents, families and friends who turn up week in week out to cheer on the players.
Iwade School is currently expanding from a two form entry into a three form entry school with wonderful new accommodation being built. Our school sits right in the heart of Iwade's growing, strong community.
Our staff and pupils believe in the ethos and values of the school and we are all proud to be part of it.
We are part of Timu Academy Trust which means we share expertise, resources and best practice with other schools within the academy trust allowing us to offer children the very best opportunities to become :
Successful lifelong learners
Happy, healthy and confident individuals
Resilient, ready to adapt and contribute in a changing world