Life-limited children in Wiltshire getting more support thanks to grant

Life-limited children in Wiltshire getting more support thanks to grant

Published by Jack Deery at 1:49pm 18th June 2020.

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Julia's House Children's Hospice are able to spend extra visiting families who need that extra support.

A grant from Wiltshire Community Foundation is being used to cover the costs of more visits by the charity's nurses. 

They've received £4,953 to help it's staff get to 50 families across the county with children who have life-limiting illnesses. 

The hospice usually does 200 hours of home visits a year, but they have been asked to do a lot more in the last few months.

Fundraiser, Lisa Holmes said: 

"Because we are unable to hold our regular family group events, there have been a lot of extra requests for visits, sometimes two or three a week.

We have relationships with families that go some way back so they do trust the nurses already, so they have been asking them to bring their food because they know they are going to wipe it down and do the extra checks that wouldn’t be happening with any other type of delivery. That is all taking up the extra time."

28 of it's Wiltshire nurses are now answering calls for help around the clock, having to scrap their usual rotas in the process.

The money is paying for staff and mileage costs, as well as personal protective equipment to keep them safe during the pandemic. 

Julia's House Wiltshire 3 (credit Simon Ward)
The charity usually get to do 200 hours of home visits per year

Lisa added: 

"The nurses have to be completely safe so that the families feel reassured and secure. For some of the families, the nurses going in are the only person they see at all.

They are very worried and that will be the case for them for some time to come. As lockdown restrictions lift for a lot of us, there is an extra uncertainty because there still isn’t a sure fire way for them that it is okay to go out."

FUND FOR LOCAL COMMUNITY

Wiltshire Community Foundation's Coronavirus Reponse Fund has been helping charities and organisations in the area since the virus broke out. 

So far, they have raised more than £718,000 and almost £500,000 of that has been handed out in grants to 140 local groups.

To donate to the fund, visit localgiving.org/appeal.

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