The Rest Day – Please Support Julia’s House
As it’s a rest day, I feel it’s time to stop talking about cycling and let you know a little about the charity and why I’m taking on the challenge…
Most of my blogs have focussed on the Challenge, however the other objective of the Tour Challenge is to raise as much money as possible for Julia’s House – The Dorset Children’s Hospice. I took the decision at the outset of this project that I wanted to support Julia’s House and in doing so that I would also self fund the entire venture (circa £4,500) to maximise the donations received. It didn’t seem right that others should be paying for the challenge, I’d much rather any money raised went directly to the charity and the people who really matter.
Personally being away from my wife and daughter has turned out to be the hardest part of the challenge and I’m really looking forward to spend some quality time with them when the challenge is over – something I simply take for granted. For many families, time spent together is so precious, Julia’s House is the only charity in Dorset that helps these families. Can you imagine what it would feel like if your child was born with a very serious illness for which there was no cure. On top of that devastating news, no-one can tell you how long your child will live, only that they will need constant care, day and night. Under this strain, many families fall apart.
Sadly, having a seriously ill child is something that can happen to anyone – and Julia’s House is the only charity in Dorset that helps these families.
Julia’s House nurses and carers provide life-changing support for parents and their children both in the hospice and in their own homes. They’re there year-round and in a crisis, offering emergency respite and overnight care. They are also there when the worst happens, offering emotional and practical support at the end of a child’s life..
I urge to you watch the linked YouTube video which explains a little more about the amazing service provided by this wonderful charity – Julia’s House YouTube Video.
It did shock me when I saw how much it costs to run Julia’s House each year and particularly when I found out that government funding accounts for just 7.5 per cent of the £3.9m Julia’s House needs to raise in 2014 to run this vital free service. The rest of the income is raised through the generosity of the Dorset community, corporate partners and charitable foundations. While my challenge maybe tough, it’s not as tough as the challenges facing Julia’s House families every day – what greater motivator do I need to climb a tough mountain!
Please make a difference and make a donation – you can do so via my JustGiving Page.
Here’s a panoramic picture I took from the top of Alpe-D’Huez and which I forgot to add to yesterdays blog:
Time to start thinking about getting on the bike again- tomorrow it’s a 190km ride from my hotel in Bourg D’Oisans to Saint Etienne. Catch you tomorrow.