We are really sad to announce the death of one of our Young Ambassadors, Alec Ross.
Alec, who was 23, had been a part of the Julia’s House ‘family’ for many years – as a child receiving care and later, as our very first Young Ambassador.
Although Alec officially moved into adult care at 18, he never really left us. He continued to inspire and engage both inside and outside Julia’s House.
He would sometimes pop in and hang out with other teenagers at our hospice youth sessions and kept in touch with friends he had made during his time with us – both children and staff. Proud to be a Young Ambassador, he did the most wonderful job of encouraging people to support the charity that supported him and his family.
Despite all the challenges he faced as a result of his condition, Alec was an extraordinarily smiley and happy chap with a wicked sense of humour and a fondness for practical jokes.
Alec was originally nursed by Julia Perks, the children’s nurse who was the inspiration for Julia’s House and his family credits her with getting him out of hospital and cared for in a home environment.
Alec was one of the first children to use Julia’s House and he met Prince Edward at the official opening of the Dorset hospice building in 2006. On this visit Alec decided that the bedroom with the balcony was where he would like to sleep - and that is exactly what happened when he became one of the first children to stay for a weekend.
Alec always loved being part of these special milestones and became a bit of a superstar, giving countless radio, TV and newspaper interviews.
During his time at school Alec also demonstrated a real talent for fundraising, roping in his school friends and organising events for Julia’s House.
Our chief executive Martin Edwards summed up the feeling across the charity for the loss of such a special young man: “We are all deeply saddened at Alec’s passing. He had such a lively, unique and unforgettable character, always making everyone smile. He was in the first group of children to stay at Julia’s House and made many friends here. As he reached adulthood, Alec went on to help the charity as our first Young Ambassador. Our deepest sympathy and thoughts are with Alec’s family. We will miss him terribly.”