The charity – which is also currently our charity of choice at CooperBurnett LLP - provides clinical care, therapies, specialised activities and practical support across Kent, South East London and East Sussex. It has two hospices and also provides a range of community-based support in the home, as well as end of life care for children and young people and bereavement support for the whole family. Demelza is also there across whole lifetimes, adding to the happiest moments as well as supporting in the difficult times.
Natasha joined the Employment team at CooperBurnett two years ago. She studied law at university, before training and qualifying into the employment team at a large Surrey firm in 2009.
“While training, I moved around different departments but employment law particularly drew me in,” says Natasha. “It’s an area which affects everyone at some point in their lives and is a big part of people’s lives which I enjoy helping them with.”
Natasha says she already knew about Demelza but had a ‘misconceived’ view of what a children’s hospice actually entails.
“Having met some of the senior leadership team and trustees, who are all so passionate about Demelza, I have gained a much better understanding of what they can do to help children and their families live the best lives they can,” she explains. “I want to help them achieve their mission to change that perception in order to reach more people.”
Natasha will, of course, be bringing her employment law knowledge to the charity, as well as lots of enthusiasm.
“I was interested in becoming a Trustee for Demelza after finding out just how important their invaluable service is, coupled with a desire to help them navigate their way through the vast array of employment law challenges that all organisations are facing post-covid,” she says. “Also, Demelza has just launched a five-year strategy and has some great plans ahead for developing and improving on the fantastic service they already provide - so it is a very exciting time for me to be getting involved.”