Happy New Year! I hope you had a great Christmas.

This year, instead of sending Christmas cards, we decided to donate the money we would have spent to three worthy causes that are important to us: Julia’s House, Shelter and Age UK.

Thank you to all of you who voted for one of the charities mentioned above.

I am delighted to announce that the money has now been donated to these three great charities.

Julia’s House is the only children’s hospice charity in Dorset dedicated to helping life-limited children and their families across the country and in South Wiltshire. They provide life-changing support for parents and their children both in the hospice and in their own homes.

They got in touch after our donation, letting us know that the money will go towards helping poorly children and their families:

“Help from businesses like yours is ultimately helping families like Daniel’s. Daniel is a bright, lively, nine-year-old with Sanfilippo Syndrome, a degenerative condition which results in losing the ability to walk and communicate. Daniel can only verbalise a few words so his parents and carers read his body language to understand him better. He’s a very happy chap with a beaming smile who loves coming to the hospice for care sessions, trampolining and swimming. He doesn’t have any danger awareness so needs constant supervision. He also doesn’t sleep well so his mum and dad have never had a full night’s sleep as they are constantly listening out for him.

jh2We help around 100 families like Daniel’s in Dorset and we are beginning to reach families in similar circumstances who live just across the borders of the county, in South Wiltshire. These families have had very little support available to them and we are now making sure they can access the same vital home-based help Dorset families receive.

 The support of local business is more crucial to Julia’s House than ever as we receive a mere 7% of our annual funding from the government. Our government funding has been frozen for six years. Julia’s House is now one of the worst funded hospices in the UK as respite care is not seen as a funding priority.”

Thank you for sacrificing your Christmas cards and being part of some fantastic causes!

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