Julia’s House is the only children’s hospice charity dedicated to helping life-limited children and their families across Dorset and Wiltshire. We offer regular respite sessions at our hospice's and in families’ own homes in Dorset and Wiltshire. We also run events for siblings and mums and dads – we support the whole family.
Our respite care means so much to parents who are looking after a very sick child 24 hours a day. It gives them time out with their partners, their other children or simply a chance to catch up with some day-to-day tasks, safe in the knowledge their child is being looked after by people they know and trust.
Our nurses and carers provide life-changing support for parents and their children both in the hospice and in their own homes. We are there year-round and in a crisis, offering emergency respite and overnight care. We are also there when the worst happens, offering emotional and practical support at the end of a child’s life.
The cost of care
In 2016 we will receive just 5% of our total annual funding from the government. This compares very poorly with the national average of 17% government funding for children’s hospices and 32% for adult hospices. Our NHS income has been frozen for seven years, a considerable real terms devaluation against the rising cost of providing our care services. In terms of government funding Julia’s House is now one of the worst-funded hospices in the UK.
We rely on public fundraising and donations for 95 per cent of what we need to raise each year. Fundraising may be tough, it’s not as tough as the challenges facing Julia’s House families every day.