Wiltshire’s first children’s hospice is officially open.
The doors of Julia’s House Devizes finally opened for care today on Tuesday 29th August, following registration and inspection by the Care Quality Commission.
It was all smiles as youngsters joined nurses and carers for songs, messy play with foam and bubbles, stories, crafts and cuddles.
The day also marked the 6th birthday of Joseph Hartley who was presented with a chocolate cake by staff. Joseph, who has a genetic condition affecting his muscles, had been really looking forward to the session.
Said mum Liz: “It has been really lovely. Joseph couldn’t wait to visit and it is such a safe place for him. It is like a second home.”
The dream to provide first class facilities for Wiltshire children with life-limiting illnesses and support for their families has finally became a reality after two years of fundraising and a year under construction.
Lead nurse Heather Philpotts said: "It has been an amazing day. This is what we have been building towards for all these years since we first started supporting families in Wiltshire with our community care. In May we finally had a beautiful, welcoming, fully-equipped hospice building but it was missing a vital ingredient – children. To hear their voices echoing through Julia’s House today has been magical.”
Wiltshire parents will now be able to choose between home and hospice care sessions.
Julia’s House Devizes will also host social events for mums, dads and siblings as part of its focus on whole family support.
The next public open day is on Wednesday, 6th September. Book a tour here.