Comedian Michael McIntyre is putting on a show at Salisbury City Hall on 3rd June in aid of Julia’s House, the Dorset and Wiltshire children’s hospices.
Mr McIntyre pledged his support for the charity’s plans to build a hospice in Wiltshire after meeting nurses at a private fundraiser organised by Guy Ritchie, who is a patron of Julia’s House.
The event, held at Guy Richie’s home, raised more than £1.2 million towards the £3 million needed for a dedicated Wiltshire children’s hospice. A public appeal is being launched to raise the remainder of the money.
Martin Edwards, CEO of Julia’s House, said: “It’s amazing that the UK’s top comedian is staging a show just for us. Michael loves what we are doing for the children of Wiltshire. He has met several of our nurses and really wants to keep helping Julia’s House, which is fantastic.
“This show will help us move a step closer to building a children’s hospice for Wiltshire, providing expert care for even more children in the county.”
Mr McIntyre has already dedicated one of his tour warm-up shows to Julia’s House. Back in November, nurses and fundraising staff joined the star at the Duchess Theatre in London. Guy Ritchie and his fiancee Jacqui Ainslie where among those in the audience.
He said: This wonderful charity cares for seriously ill children and their families in Dorset and South Wiltshire. I am particularly proud because Wiltshire is now my home county.”
Julia’s House currently offers a home-based respite care service for life-limited children living in South Wiltshire. It also organises social events and support for their families.
It is now seeking a central location for the new hospice and is currently recruiting extra nurses to support the growing number of referrals and demand for the service in the county.
To find out more about the charity visit juliashouse.org or call 01202 644220.