THE people of Wimborne earned a special place in the hearts of families across Dorset at Christmas, as more than £6,000 was raised for Julia’s House.
As well as a number of local shops displaying collection boxes on their counters, the town was home to the Dorset Children’s hospice grotto which raised £3,800. Bucket collections at the Tivoli Theatre panto performances made up the balance.
Fundraisers were overwhelmed by the support they received after Wimborne BID invited the charity to be at the heart of the town’s festive celebrations. Community fundraising manager, Lin Hudswell said:
“I would like to thank everyone for their generosity; the money raised in the town will help to make a real difference to the lives of the children we care for. Without the support of communities like Wimborne, our work could not continue.”
More than 400 children visited the Julia’s House Grotto in Wimborne Square, enjoying the chance to meet Father Christmas, pet miniature Shetland ponies, take part in all sorts of activities and enjoy some real snow, courtesy of a snow machine!
Julia’s House cares for life-limited children county-wide, both in its hospice in Corfe Mullen and in their own homes. Find out more about the charity at its next open day on 26th February. If you would like to come and have a look around the hospice, call the community fundraising team on 01202 644220.