Goughs Charity of the Year

Goughs Solicitors are proud to support charities in and around Wiltshire

Charity of the year Julia's House

Our charity of the year from April 2022 is Julia’s House

Julia’s House is not a typical children’s hospice. They aim to provide practical and emotional support for families caring for a child with a life-limiting or life-threatening condition, providing frequent and regular support in their own homes, in the community or at the charity’s hospices. With a children’s hospice in Devizes, where one of our offices is based, it was the perfect connection to build.

We are thrilled to be supporting a charity that shares many of our core values, supporting and inspiring future generations!

Goughs Solicitors are looking forward to partaking in a variety of events and challenges across the coming year, kicking it off with the Julia’s House Great Wiltshire Walk in July. Some of the more daring members of the team may even take part in The Big Jump skydive in September … watch this space!

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About Julia's House

Julia’s House is a local charity dedicated to supporting the families of children with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions in the heart of the community in Wiltshire and Dorset. Many of these children require round-the-clock care, which has a huge impact on family life.

Julia’s House provides bespoke care for every family it supports, with each family receiving around 200 hours of free care each year. Parents can choose when, where and how they receive their care – at home, in the community or at one of the charity’s two hospices in Devizes and Corfe Mullen – making it a truly flexible service. Julia’s House is there for the whole family, not just the sick child, providing emotional support and social opportunities for parents, grandparents and siblings to help break the cycle of anxiety and isolation that can lead a family to breaking point.

This regular clinical care, respite and emotional support, plus emergency end-of-life care and bereavement support is provided completely free to families, thanks to the generosity of the local community.  Julia’s House relies on public donations, fundraising and legacies for around 92% of the money needed to keep running its vital service in Wiltshire and Dorset.

Julia’s House children’s hospice cares for nearly 200 families across Wiltshire and Dorset. Currently nearly 80% of the children supported by Julia’s House need two care team members present during their community sessions due to the complexity of their condition. And as more life-limited children are living for longer and with increasingly more complex care needs, demand for the specialist care that Julia’s House provides is expected to rise in the coming years.

The service that Julia’s House provides has been rated ‘outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission and the charity is a Sunday Times Top 100 Not-For-Profit Organisations to Work For.

For more information visit www.juliashouse.org

Our charity of the year process

With our Charity of the Year initiative, we aim to apply our Goughs values of trust, teamwork, engagement, excellence and accountability beyond our immediate reach. We achieve this by supporting charitable causes to make a tangible difference within the Wiltshire communities we serve and with them, our clients and employees.

At Goughs we have a strong track record of building successful corporate partnerships with our respective Charities of the Year, having supported a wide variety of causes over the years. Our teams are passionate about getting involved in a varied and creative mix of fundraising efforts, both organised by ourselves and our partner charities. Beyond this we are keen to actively and regularly engage with you throughout the year to explore ways to work together, keeping our relationship dynamic and making the most of our twelve months of collaboration.

In our experience, truly engaging our whole workforce in our charity partnerships is crucial for making the most of the Charity of the Year cooperation. Where this has previously worked well, for example has been through volunteering opportunities for our colleagues which have proven to be a fantastic way of building a deeper and more enduring relationship between our organisations. We are also keen to hear about any events or initiatives you are planning and will encourage and support our colleagues to contribute in any way they can.

December 2022

On 31st December 2022, we will stop taking new applications for our 2022-2023 Charity of the Year.

January 2023

All applications will be reviewed by the Goughs Selection Committee.

March 2023

The Head of Charity will contact the successful Charity.

April 2023

We will launch our Charitable partner for the 2023-2024 period.

Working with our respective Charities of the Year has been a fulfilling and rewarding experience for all of us in the past and we are grateful for the opportunities we have been given to get involved.

In essence, all we would like to ask from you is your enthusiasm for our partnership. A passion for sharing your purpose and goals with our colleagues as well as proactiveness to help us foster collaboration in a variety of ways are important to us.

We believe that a dynamic and engaging approach to working together from the start is a main ingredient for the continued fantastic results we achieve with our Charity of the Year initiative.

Please see the below online form to apply to be our Charity of the Year 2023-2024. The deadline for applications is 31st December 2022.

We look forward to receiving your application. 

You can apply to be our charity of the year by completing this form:

Between 2018 and 2019, employees at Wiltshire-based law firm Goughs Solicitors have been fundraising and hosting staff events and are proud to have raised over £14,000 for Wiltshire Air Ambulance.

Goughs Solicitors were proud to support the Royal United Hospital, Bath, Forever Friends Wills Month in November 2020.

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