Jessie May celebrates 21st anniversary

Published on: 24 Feb 2017

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A MUCH-LOVED local charity which cares for terminally ill children within their own homes is celebrating its 21st anniversary.

Founded in 1996 by the parents of Jessica May Purrington, who died of genetic condition Spinal Muscular Atrophy when she was four and a half months old, Jessie May supports families in Bristol, Bath, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire and Wiltshire and is  planning a special year of activity to celebrate reaching the milestone.

Included in the line-up of events and celebrations for 2017 is an evening fundraiser with some special names from the world of sport, an exhilarating skydive, the return of the People’s Grand Prix, a big community summer party and much more.

Jessie May head of fundraising, Julian Withers, said: “2017 is a huge year for us as a charity as it marks our 21st anniversary.

“We really wanted to mark the occasion with a series of special activities throughout the year, to remind people why we do what we do and encourage them to get involved. 

“In 2017 Jessie May has the biggest caseload of children we’ve ever had. Jessie May nurses now support over 120 children, plus 40 more bereaved families in the local area. In the past 21 years, over 310 families have benefited from the support of a Jessie May nurse.

“We’re really looking forward to a great year with our supporters with all the fantastic events and campaigns we’ve got planned, as well as hopefully encouraging more support from the public to be able to continue our work caring for the families who need us.”

Kingswood-based Jessie May cares for children with terminal illness within their own homes. It costs around £1,200,000 to provide this care yearly and as the charity is almost entirely dependent on public support fundraisers like this are essential.

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