Published: December 26, 2019 | Updated: January 3, 2020

Very Superior: Manufacturer raises £35k for Julia’s House after series of challenges in 2019

The Superior team take part in the New Forest Water Park in June.
By Andrew Diprose, editor

A Dorset-based manufacturer is celebrating after raising £35,000 throughout the year for Julia’s House, the Dorset and Wiltshire children’s hospices.

Superior, which makes o-rings and seals, raised the funds through a range of team building activities and personal challenges.

The company, based on the Ferndown Industrial Estate, has supported Julia’s House children’s hospices since 2008.

It has raised more than £147,000 to date.

Superior’s fundraising activities are led by Sue Byrne, Heather Marchment and Katie Bodman.

The trio encouraged the whole team to take part in various events throughout the year.

Tim Brown, Managing Director, said: “We are incredibly proud to have supported Julia’s House throughout the year to help to fund its very special care for children with life-limiting and life-shortening conditions.

“We would like to thank everyone who has donated towards our fundraising activities and to the Superior team, who are always up for a fun challenge in aid of such a worthy cause.”

Staff from all departments and sites took part in this year’s fundraising activities.

They included completing three laps of inflatable obstacles at the New Forest Water Park in June while eight members of the management team took on the South West Tough Mudder 5k Half Challenge in August.

In September, members of the team took part in The Big Ride for Julia’s House, which started at the Larmer Tree Gardens and covered 100 miles of challenging climbs.

Katie Bodman rounded off the year of fundraising by embarking on a five-day trek along the Great Wall of China to boost the overall total.

Linda Schofield-Green, Julia’s House Corporate Fundraising Manager, said: “Superior has been a fantastic supporter of Julia’s House for over ten years.

“We are very grateful for everything the team has achieved for us, from sponsorship and match funding, to fundraising events and activities.

“A huge thank you to everyone at Superior who has helped us this year and we look forward to continuing our partnership in 2020.”

Julia’s House provides life-changing care and support to children with life-limiting conditions and their families across Dorset and Wiltshire.