Julia's House Hospice Magic Space Launch
This month, Merlin’s Magic Wand officially opened its 47th Magic Space at Julia’s House Children’s Hospice in Dorset. An award-winning children’s hospice charity, Julia’s House is dedicated to bringing comfort and care to families across the two counties, providing practical and emotional support.
Children who attend the hospice officially opened the Jurassic Coast-themed garden at the entrance to the hospice at dusk so that attendees could experience the space illuminated with the magical lighting that was installed as part of the project.
The transformation of the garden included eye catching mosaics, colourful dinosaur eggs, large dinosaur models and dinosaur footprints for children to explore. The team installed new plants and foliage along the pathways chosen to compliment the Jurassic theme, leading to a stunning undercover reflection area complete with seating.
The beautiful centre piece of the garden space is the rainbow which represents a spiritual symbol of hope. The garden was designed by volunteers from Merlin Magic Making to be fun and interesting, whilst remaining sensitive and respectful to the work of the hospice.
Erin Woods, MMW Charity Manager and Martin Edwards, CEO of Julia’s House Children’s Hospice gave emotive speeches on the great partnership formed between the charity and the hospice and what a difference this project will make to the children and the families who attend Julia’s House.
Erin Woods said, “We are so proud to have supported Julia’s House Children’s Hospice for many years through our Magical Days Out programme and it gives us great joy to be able to now provide them with one of our beautiful bespoke Merlin’s Magic Spaces.
The employees of Merlin Entertainments and our attractions around the world have been fundraising to help us produce projects like this and it has been a great team effort to create this unique garden. Julia’s House Hospice provides incredible services and facilities for its beneficiaries and we are privileged to be able to add some further value to that doing what we do best – bringing the magic!”
The garden project was supported by a team of volunteers from both Julia’s House Hospice and Merlin Entertainments Head Office who helped with the installation of the Jurassic Coast-themed garden.
The project was managed by Merlin’s Magic Wand’s Elly Turner, to read more about her experience project managing the transformation please click here.