On a recent tour through Julia's House, a unique non-denominational children's hospice, Poole Church leader, John Crew, with MP Tobias Ellwood, and family, were delighted to present a cheque for nearly £1500 to the CEO, Martin Edwards. Tobias Ellwood is the Member of Parliament for Bournemouth East and Parliamentary Private Secretary to the Europe Minister.
The funds were raised through a benefit concert given by the Brigham Young University Singers from Utah, USA and organised by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Dorset area. The concert given in Southbourne was just one stop on a tour taken by the BYU Singers through Southern England and was well attended by people of many faiths with the single purpose to support Julia’s House.
The cheque was gratefully accepted by Martin Edwards, CEO of Julia’s House, in front of a colourful mosaic of a butterfly - a thoughtful reminder that these funds will support those who are with us only fleetingly. Treasured, beloved and one day reunited. These words grace the fountain that sits amid the peaceful and colourful garden of Julia’s House, an organisation that truly understands what it means to support the family not only in life but also in death.
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The guests were shown around the hospice and discovered the depth of thought, feeling, and skill that the staff and volunteers at Julia’s House put into creating a loving, supporting environment for children with terminal illness and their families who care for them. Caregivers and siblings are supported as well with activities and respite, strengthening the ability they need to keep their families together in what is already an incredibly challenging situation.