A happy Christmas after all for Julia’s House shop staff .
The staff and volunteers of the Julia’s House shop in Poole have enjoyed “the best Christmas party ever” thanks to the generosity of supporters following the theft of £700 from the shop, including £112 saved by volunteers for their Christmas meal.
Thanks to a kind donation from Ian and Amanda Cruxton-Chance, the aunt and uncle of teenager, Maddy, who had been cared for by Julia’s House at the end of her life, staff and volunteers were able to enjoy their Christmas dinner at the weekend.
Mrs Cruxton-Chance said, “We just wanted to thank Julia’s House for the support, love and care you gave to Mads and her family in her last weeks at home. We made our donation online to help Julia’s House in some small way and to thank them again.”
The Poole shop team had a great night out at The Stocks Inn, Wimborne. Sue Osborne, manager of the shop, said: “It turned out to be the best Christmas night out we have ever had. We had such great food and had fun chatting with other groups in the pub enjoying their Christmas parties. The volunteers were particularly touched that the meal was paid for by a family that had been supported by Julia’s House, it meant a lot to them.”
“We have been overwhelmed by people’s kindness. Our customers have been so thoughtful, bringing in donations of all sizes, whatever they can afford; we can’t believe how many people are thinking of us when times are hard and we are coming up to Christmas. We want everyone to know how truly grateful we are.”
The charity would like to thank the many people that made generous donations, including Poole Bikers, The Serendipity Centre, Libra Dynamics and Leaders estate agents.
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