In January the Gazette set a target of raising £100,000 for a children’s charity that was still little known in Wiltshire to mark the paper’s 200th anniversary.
Now thanks to our amazing readers and supporters the target has been surpassed and Julia’s House is a household name throughout the county – and our total stands at £103,000. In a few months time Julia’s House will open a new children’s hospice in Devizes and Gazette readers can be proud of the part they have played in helping the families of very sick children.
In January the Gazette highlighted the Thursby family from All Cannings, near Devizes, whose lives had been transformed by help from Julia’s House.
Rebecca and Damien’s daughter Sophia, three, is blind and suffers constant seizures, but they were given new energy to carry on thanks to the Julia’s House team. Mrs Thursby said: “I think it will be amazing for families like mine to have access to all sorts of wonderful facilities under one roof. I can’t wait for Sophia to be able to enjoy a therapy bath – there will be a special cocoon bath where she can splash about and relax among the bubbles – something she just can’t do at home. “I can’t thank Gazette readers enough for supporting Julia’s House.”
Praise also came from Julia’s House patron Jasper Conran. The fashion and homeware designer said: “This is a fantastic achievement. Julia’s House came to Wiltshire in 2014 and is making a huge difference to families in desperate need – but there is so much more to do.
Thank you to the Gazette & Herald and its readers for playing their part in enabling families to get the help and support they need, each and every day.”
Gazette editor Gary Lawrence said: “A year ago £100,000 seemed like a very ambitious target but I knew our readers would rise to the challenge as they always do. Thank you to our readers, our partners and our staff who have made this possible.”