Charity of the Year
Julia’s House is in the process of creating a new hospice in Devizes for Wiltshire families with life-limited children through home-based community care.
Families with life-limited children will have access to:
• a large central activity room, sensory and therapy rooms and three bedrooms for occasional weekend and overnight stays.
• A garden with a wheelchair-friendly trampoline and a nest swing.
• High-tech features including interactive projection systems that allow play via vision, sound and movement, enabling children to play and have fun regardless of their physical limitations.
• specialist end of life care.
• social opportunities for affected families.
Ged Montgomery, from Julia’s House, commented: “ We are very grateful to Haine & Smith for choosing Julia’s House as their Charity Partner. This support will be a lifeline for families facing a desperate reality – that their child may not live into adulthood. Our nurses and carers help families make the most of the time they have together, providing practical and emotional support through frequent, short breaks for mums and dads and social opportunities for the whole family. Julia’s House can’t change the outcome for these families, but we can make a real difference to the quality of their lives."
Kay Saunders from Haine and Smith explains: “Haine & Smith are absolutely delighted to be able to adopt Julia’s House for our Charity of the Year. We are so impressed not only by the wonderful centre in Devizes that has been created, but also by their incredibly detailed and well thought out programme which not only encourages and helps youngsters at end of life but also their families.”
At Haine and Smith Opticians, we have always enjoyed being involved in the communities surrounding our practices and in 1995 we established our Charitable Trust.
Its goal was simple: To invest back into the local communities, which are home to our loyal patients and employees who support us. We have been delighted to have helped so many local organisations over the years.
To date, we have made over 600 donations to a variety of worthy local causes including charities, schools, youth groups, homes for the elderly and hospitals. To see some of the latest projects that have benefited, take a look through The Charitable Trust Album on our Facebook page.
Mrs Janet Hartwell (Clerk to the Trustees)
Haine & Smith Head Office
7-8 Salisbury Road Business Park