A DORSET and Wiltshire-based children’s hospice organisation has been selected as a British Army regiment’s charity of the year.

22 Engineer Regiment, based at Perham Down in Tidworth, picked Julia’s House after hearing about the work its Wiltshire community nurses and carers are doing to help families with life-limited children – and its plans to open a new hospice in Devizes next spring.

Military families form a high percentage of the population across Wiltshire and Julia’s House is already providing home-based support to some of this number. The amount of parents needing access to community and hospice care will grow as more military families move into the county as part of the 2020 Army Basing Programme.

Julia’s House will enhance the services available to these families while working in partnership with other agencies providing pastoral and welfare support.

A year of celebration

The Royal Engineers, known as the Sappers, celebrates its 300th anniversary this year, with many special events being planned.

Julia’s House community fundraiser, Jan Burns, said: “We are thrilled to have been chosen as the Regiment’s charity during such a significant year. We look forward to forging a strong and lasting alliance with 22 Engineer Regiment.”

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