Local businesses and politicians recently showed their support for the Wiltshire children’s hospice, Julia’s House, at an event hosted by Danny Kruger MP and Wadworth Brewery.
Held at the Bear Hotel in Devizes on Thursday 5th May, guests including Wadworth Chairman, Charles Bartholomew and the Mayor of Devizes, Cllr Chris Gay, were able to learn more about the charity and its vital work in the community.
Julia’s House provides a lifeline of care for the most seriously ill children across Wiltshire and Dorset. The charity relies almost entirely on donations to provide this vital support for local families in their homes and at its hospices.
In Wiltshire, Julia’s House is currently raising £1m less than it needs to provide its critical service each year. The charity is running its Together We Care Appeal to raise more awareness and funds in the county to support the growing number of families who depend on its specialist care.
Danny Kruger MP spoke passionately about the charity during the evening, and of his previous experience of visiting the children’s hospice in Devizes. He was followed by speeches from Julia’s House Chief Executive, Martin Edwards, and Vice-Chair of the Board of Trustees, Peter Wragg.
Local parents who are supported by the charity also attended the event, including Julia’s House Ambassador, Emma Jerram. The families were able to share more about what life is like for them, providing round-the-clock care for a seriously ill child, and how the respite care that Julia’s House provides has helped them.
Danny Kruger MP said, “Julia’s House is a vital resource for many Wiltshire families and I am proud to support them. I was delighted to join them at their recent event in Devizes and very moved, as everyone there was, by the stories we heard of the work they do. Please do give what help you can.”
Julia’s House Chief Executive, Martin Edwards, said, “With more Wiltshire children being referred to us all the time for care, it is crucial that Julia’s House becomes better known and supported. Life is so different for parents of a child who needs round-the-clock care. They face exhaustion on a daily basis. I hope our Together We Care Appeal enables our nurses to help more of them, with respite, care and companionship.”
Local businesses and individuals can support Julia’s House and its Together We Care appeal in various ways, including signing up to fundraising events, making a donation and by joining the charity’s Business Club 200.
Pictured above: (left to right) Charles Bartholomew, Danny Kruger MP and Martin Edwards