Julia's house in Corfe Mullen, Dorset provides care and support for children suffering from serious illnesses, most of whom are unlikely to live beyond the age of 18. Services include day care and overnight accommodation for children, community-based respite, end-of-life care and a range of support services for the families of sick children. Many of these services will have to be scaled back and the home itself now has to close on certain days.
Dorset businessman Baron Cole and his wife Sarah-Louise decided to raise funds for Julia's House by organising the Air and a Prayer Rally, in which 30 two-person teams will drive the 470 miles from the Canford Arena in Wimborne to the Cameron House Hotel on the shores of Loch Lomond. Printware will be represented by Business Development Manager, Dale Hilton, who will be making the trip with team-mate Tom Atkinson.
Unlike the more famous Gumball Rally, which features a host of luxury and sports cars, the Air and a Prayer Rally will be driven by more modest vehicles. The first task for competitors is to purchase a car for under £300 which they will use for the rally. Dale and Tom will be driving to Scotland in a K-reg Mazda MX6 and, no doubt, hoping they won’t need to make use of the breakdown truck which will accompany the rally.
The rally's organisers are hoping to raise £20,000 for Julia's House and Dale's team is well on its way to hitting its own target of £500, with Printware contributing £100 for this worthy cause. If you wish to make a donation, you can do so here and if you'd like to find out more about the work Julia's House does, you can do so here. The rally will set off on July 26th and arrive at Loch Lomond the following day after an overnight stop in Manchester. We wish Dale and Tom all the best and look forward to updating you on their adventures when (if!) they make it back from Scotland.
by Anthony Morgan