Dorset charity boosted by furniture store donation

An inspirational charity is set to receive a welcome fundraising boost from a local independent furniture company.

Julia’s House, The Dorset Children’s Hospice, offers respite care to  Dorset families, helping to enrich the quality of life for  children and young people with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions. They provide support from diagnosis and beyond for the whole family.

Staff from Cookes Furniture based in Christchurch demonstrated their kindness and generosity when they presented Julia’s House with a cheque for £500, to help support the treatment of sick children.

Simon Houghton, sales manager for Cookes Furniture visited Julia’s House to take a look around and hand over the money. He said: “We were absolutely delighted to be able to help Julia’s House Hospice and to donate such a great amount of money.

“Cookes Furniture truly values the meaning of family and this hospice provides such great care, attention and support for so many families across the region.  We hope the £500 will help make a difference and provide them with the money to continue such a great cause.”

Sue Miles, community fundraiser for Julia’s House said: “We are over the moon and extremely grateful for Cookes Furniture’s donation.

“The money donated will go towards vital funding to help offer respite, fun, therapies and, ultimately, end-of-life care to seriously ill children and their families across the whole county.”

“This donation will make such a difference to the children that we care for and it is appreciated by both the staff and the children here.”

Cookes Furniture is known for helping local charities within Christchurch and the surrounding areas. They have been involved in many charitable activities and events.

Cookes was established in 1946 by Graham’s father, Edward, and today the management team includes the founder’s three granddaughters, Michelle, Vanessa and Jennifer.

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