SOLDIERS from 26 Engineer Regiment have been on a mission to decorate the inside of the new Julia’s House charity shop in Salisbury.

Troops went in armed with paint rollers to spruce up the walls of the new flagship Wiltshire store in preparation for the grand opening in November. Regiments from Larkhill and Tidworth garrisons generously volunteered manpower to help the Dorset and Wiltshire children’s hospice charity get the new shop up-and-running.

Colonel Steve Lawton, Commander of Tidworth, Netheravon and Bulford Garrison, is also an ambassador for Julia’s House and the charity has already helped a number of Army families with life-limited children.

Wiltshire fundraiser Jan Burns said: “We are delighted by the support we receive from the Army.

The regiments that have been fundraising and volunteering have made a big difference to the families we support. The lads from 26 Engineers did a fantastic job getting everything painted in double-quick time.”

Volunteers are still being sought by Julia’s House to help out in the shop at The Bridge, Fisherton Street. If anyone would like to donate a couple of hours of their time, contact June Jones at

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