Cash Lifeline For Children's Hospice
11:42am 3rd February 2014
Dorset's beloved children's hospice has been thrown a life line for cash this year.
Julia's House need to fundraise nearly £4 million to continue to support families and children who're suffering in the county.
They're now the official charity partner of the Challenge Weymouth triathlon, and there are still places for people to run for them.
Steve Mills is the Challenge and Events Fundraiser at Julia's House Hospice. He spoke to Wessex FM about how important the work the charity carry out in Dorset is, "Our nurses and carers provide life-changing support for parents and their children both in the hospice and in their own homes. We are there year-round and in a crisis, offering emergency respite and overnight care. We are also there when the worst happens, offering emotional and practical support at the end of a child's life."
Steve added that this money is vital, "We need to raise £3.9 million in 2014, yet we receive only 7.5 per cent of our total annual funding from the government. The rest of our essential income is raised through the generosity of the Dorset community, corporate partners and charitable foundations. While fundraising may be tough, it's not as tough as the challenges facing Julia's House families every day."
To enter Challenge Weymouth for Julia's House visit: www.challengeweymouth.com - and tick the 'Julia's House' box
To find out more about Julia's House go to: www.juliashouse.org