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LFH raises funds for Julia's House

Staff and guests at our hotels Moonfleet Manor and Woolley Grange are delighted to have raised almost £11,000 for Julia’s House. Ensuring quality of life for life-limited children and their families across Dorset and Wiltshire, the charity has a roll call of eminent patrons including Jasper Conran, Eddie Howe, Harry Redknapp, Martin Clunes, Annabel Karmel and Minette Walters.

Julia’s House is named for Julia Perks, a paediatric nurse who recognised a regional need for facilities for children with life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses – and for respite for their families. Set up after Julia’s premature death in 1997, it initially focussed on providing care in the families’ homes, opening its first hospice in 2006.

Warm, welcoming and homely, Julia’s House provides daycare for up to 10 children at a time, plus overnight care at weekends. With a community team of around 70 carers and nurses, it currently helps around 100 children at any one time.

The public appeal to build a second hospice in Wiltshire comes after a round of private fundraising by patrons, most notably film director Guy Ritchie and his wife Jacqui Ainsley, that raised nearly £3 million. Guy and Jacqui have been patrons of Julia’s House since meeting staff and families at the charity’s 10th birthday reception in 2013, hosted at 10 Downing Street by Samantha Cameron.

Much of the funding was raised at a private clay shoot and auction organised by Ritchie at his home on the Dorset/Wiltshire border, where a celebrity-filled guest list included David Beckham, Robert Downey Jnr, Simon and Yasmin Le Bon, Trudie Styler and the Crown Prince of Bahrain, all entertained by Michael MacIntyre. The event was also attended by Julia’s House nurses.

In 2016, only 5% of the charity’s funding has come from the government, so it is very much reliant on the local community to help raise much of the income it needs.

Read more about Julia’s House, including how to donate.