Staff exercise 'round the world' to raise money for Julia's House Children's Hospice in Devizes

Any form of exercise counts! Credit: Julia's House

Staff at a children's hospice charity have set themselves the challenge of collectively exercising 'round the world' - all 24,000 miles - to raise much-needed money.

Some are walking and jogging to clock up their miles. Others are cycling, skipping, and one is even cartwheeling - all to raise money for Julia's House, which has children's hospices in Devizes, Wiltshire, and Corfe Mullen, Dorset.

The two hospices have closed for safety reasons, but care is continuing in the children's own homes, providing vital support to their families.

"I can't overstate the difference that Julia's House has made to our lives: just to have those people, just for a few hours, so that we can do things that other people take for granted.

Chris Jerram, whose son Noah has severe epilepsy and learning difficulties
Chris and Noah Jerram. Credit: The Jerram family

Like many charities, hospices are struggling financially in the pandemic. Julia's House has had to close its shops and call off its fundraising events. So far the Government has given £200 million to hospices to help, but managers worry about the future; will the public be willing to donate if the UK economy continues to struggle?

"We've had a grant from the Government which will help us for the next few months. I think longer term the question will be the impact on the economy, and when we can fundraise again, and when our shops can open."

Mike Bartlett, Deputy CEO, Julia's House

The staff's round-the-world challenge is their way of helping in tough times. They are aiming to raise £50,000 for Julia's House via their fundraising page.

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