Lyme Rotary presents £1,350 to Dorset Children's Hospice.

PUBLISHED: 07:49 20 January 2016 | UPDATED: 14:48 21 January 2016

John and Jenny McCallum (centre) get stuck into the Red Dot Bag with Stacey and Sue at Julia’s House.

John and Jenny McCallum (centre) get stuck into the Red Dot Bag with Stacey and Sue at Julia's House.

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"This generous donation will help provide the care that children with life-limiting conditions and their families really need"

The Rotary Club of Lyme Regis has presented a cheque for £1,350 to Julia’s House, the Dorset Children’s Hospice.

The money was the result of a Christmas collection in the town and at neighbouring Charmouth, including the popular ‘Carols Round the Christmas Tree’ event.

“This generous donation will help us provide the care that children with life-limiting conditions, and their families, really need and deserve,” said a Julia’s House spokesman.

“Much of this care is in the home, where it is most effective, but we also provide respite care for families in our hospice in Corfe Mullen, a super facility, which is often the only place parents feel they can leave a sick child for day or night care.

“Thank you, Rotary and the people of Lyme Regis, for this donation; it is very much appreciated.”

Lyme Rotarian John McCallum said: “One thing that most impressed me when I visited the hospice was the ingenuity of the dedicated staff whose role is to ensure the non-medical wellbeing of children.

“Many of the children who need the services of the hospice are so used to seeing medical staff who want to do uncomfortable things to them – jab them with needles, for example. These carers want to ensure that when the children see them coming, they are excited and happy, so they have devised an ingenious way of doing that with ‘The Red Dot Bag’.

“Whenever they go to see the children, they carry a large red dot bag filled with toys or games, so the child soon gets to know this person is going to light up their lives and give them a happy time in what are otherwise traumatic times for them.”

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