Julia's House - The Dorset and Wiltshire Children's Hospices

Keeping seriously ill children safe.

Whenever they need us, Julia’s House ensures vulnerable children with life-shortening illnesses can stay safe and connected while shielding in their homes across Dorset and Wiltshire.

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Donations open 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020

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Registered Charity in England and Wales (1067125)

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Campaign target

£50,000

Donations

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Championed by David Haydon

  • Sam, our Julia’s House nurse, has been a lifeline coming out to visit and care for Alfie. Just a few hours a week has meant I can spend some time with Tia either on her schoolwork, baking or just pottering about in the garden together. That time has been really important for us.

    — Charmaine, Alfie’s mum

  • The hours that Julia’s House are here give me some time too. They look after Tamzin, but it is also support for me – a massive weight off my shoulders. Sometimes, I just go and have a bath. I can recharge my batteries so I can be a good mum. I know Tamzin is in safe hands and having a lovely time.

    — Alex, Tamzin’s mum

  • Marley is really missing his friends. So the stimulation from his Julia’s House visits make a world of difference to him. His nurses and carers are coming twice a week, taking all infection control precautions – he really enjoys their company.

    — Amy, Marley’s mum

Situation

Caring for a child with a life-shortening condition places enormous strains on their family. Round-the-clock care and complex needs lead to emotional and physical exhaustion. Families become isolated, especially in rural counties like Dorset and Wiltshire. COVID-19 has made even this awful situation much worse. These children are highly vulnerable to any infection. Parents are frightened and carefully shielding their children at home, where we are often the only support they receive.

Solution

For as long as families feel they need to shield their children, Julia’s House will provide specialist respite care in their homes - whenever they need us, daytime, evenings or weekends, for emergency care and for end of life care if required. Following strict infection control procedures and using appropriate PPE, our nurses and carers will ensure vulnerable children are safe, comfortable and able to relax. And that they can reach their potential through tailored stimulation and fun.