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Published: August 16, 2020 | Updated: August 17, 2020

Long-standing supporters and fundraisers are appointed as ambassadors for Julia’s House

Pip Woods and Tim Brown MBE.
By Andrew Diprose, editor

Two new ambassadors have been appointed by Julia’s House.

Pip Woods, Managing Director of Rockley Watersports, and Tim Brown MBE, Managing Director of Superior, will help to tell the story of the bespoke, holistic and local care offered by the Dorset and Wiltshire children’s hospice charity.

Both are long-standing supporters and fundraisers for Julia’s House.

They were members of the Julia’s House HIIT Squad, a team of local business leaders, former AFC Bournemouth Manager Eddie Howe and Julia’s House Chief Executive Martin Edwards, who took part in a gruelling two-hour high intensity interval training workout in March to raise £60,000.

Martin, pictured left, said: “It is this level of commitment and enthusiasm that makes Pip and Tim perfect ambassadors for Julia’s House.

“They constantly go the extra mile, knowing how vital their support is to the families that we care for.

“We are delighted to have them on board as ambassadors.”

Pip said: “Julia’s House is the most wonderful charity and really does provide an amazing and truly inspirational level of support for all the children and families it cares for.

“Having been involved with the charity for many years now, I am absolutely delighted, proud and honoured to become an ambassador and to continue to support Julia’s House in all the fantastic work they are doing.

“Through time we have adopted Julia’s House as our company charity at Rockley Watersports and it really has very much become a way of life for all of the team and our students.

“Whenever there is an opportunity to help or get involved, we do.

“From head shaves to runs, siblings’ weekends to HIIT challenges and more recently with our team volunteering at the hospice during the lockdown to tidy the garden up, our team are so proud and happy to be help and support this brilliant charity.”

Tim said the entire Superior team was dedicated to fundraising for the charity which he described as “remarkable.”

He added: “We have crawled through mud, walked The Great Wall of China, gone ‘The Extra Mile’, pulled a plane, cycled across Dorset/Wiltshire, trekked the Alps and most recently taken on the HIIT Squad in order to raise much needed funds to help Julia’s House continue providing their vital support to families across Dorset and Wiltshire.

“I am honoured to have been invited to become a Julia’s House ambassador.”

Julia’s House provides support to the families of children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions.

Its two hospices in Corfe Mullen and Devizes, Wiltshire, are currently on standby for use by the NHS in the event of hospital services being overwhelmed during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Julia’s House nurses and carers continue to visit families in their homes, wearing full PPE and adhering to strict hygiene protocol.

The regular respite and support, plus emergency and end-of-life care, is provided completely free to families thanks to the generosity of the local community.

Julia’s House relies on public donations, fundraising and legacies for 95 per cent of the money needed to run its vital service.

Prior to Covid-19, the charity anticipated supporting between 160-200 families across Dorset and Wiltshire during 2020, with medical and scientific advances meaning more children are being born and living longer with life-limiting conditions.