Thanks to the generosity of our church congregation and others, we have been able to make the following donations to local charities this year:
Julia’s house was one of the two charities the church is supporting this year. They provide practical and emotional support for families caring for a child with a life-limiting or life-threatening condition, providing frequent and regular support in their own homes, in the community or at their hospices in Corfe Mullen (Dorset) and Devizes (Wiltshire)
Margaret (our Treasurer, on the right in the photo) and Sybil were invited to an Open Day in Devizes to present a cheque for £325.00. They were given a tour of the house and garden . Much thought had been put into the design both inside and out…the CEO of Julia’s house had even crawled around on his hands and knees to see things from a child’s prospective!
The sensory room was particularly wonderful: even the floor had a “ magic” carpet which was actually a huge screen on the floor where children can for instance walk through autumn leaves, “ kicking” them as they go…or another screen could be a football pitch with a football that again the child can kick into the goal….as well as that amazing “carpet screen” were different musical sounds, and a room where they could just sit watching different colours flow around them which was very soothing. These rooms can also be used by siblings; the staff are very aware of the need to support the whole family.
One of the most expensive pieces of equipment was in the bedroom suite: a space age bath with lights and jets that can be used by all ages…what a treat!
The garden was also an amazing experience: everywhere was accessible and full of equipment, from a trampoline where even a child in a wheelchair can experience the fun, to a lovely large swing that a child can lie on etc etc. They’ve also created secluded areas tucked away so that parents or carers can sit and anjoy some quiet and peace.
Like all hospices, until very recently Julia’s House received no funding at all from the NHS. It now receives just 8% of the one million pounds a year it needs to provide this essential service. Please do your bit by raising the profile of this very worthwhile charity among your friends and family .. Thank You!
At Easter, our excellent organist and longstanding church member Michael Rumsey decided to raise funds for the Wiltshire Air Ambulance Charity. Over a 4-day period he invited donations from folk for him to play their favourite hymns on our organ here at Box Methodist Church. The total he raised was a magnificent £802.25. Recently, accompanied by good friends and fellow church members Carla and Keith Pask, he visited the Wiltshire Air Ambulance HQ at Melksham to tour the facility there and see the £5m helicopter. They were all made most welcome and found the staff most informative. They were shown around as a thank you for his efforts in fund raising for the charity.