Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), a leading developer of advanced wireless technologies and data solutions, today announced the company has donated £30,000 to Julia's House hospice in Dorset, England. The funding will be used to sponsor a nurse for one year, extending the care the charity is able to offer sick children.
Julia's House is dedicated to helping children with life limiting conditions - those who are deemed unlikely to live beyond the age of 18. The aim of the charity is to maximise and enrich the quality of life of children with life threatening or limiting illnesses. The Qualcomm grant will allow Julia's House to hire a nurse who will care for and support these children and their families.
Qualcomm first got involved with Julia's House in December 2007, after raising an initial donation during a holiday raffle. This led to a greater understanding of the value of the charity and a desire to support a charity within the community. “We were looking for a charity that would be close to the hearts of our staff and where we could make an immediate and local impact” explained Peter Hartley, director of engineering, Qualcomm Europe. “Julia's House is a fantastic cause and we are very proud to be supporting the work it does.”
“We are incredibly grateful for Qualcomm's support. Our current priorities are to provide more care at the hospice and in the children's own homes, to expand our sibling care service and to assess how we might provide bereavement support to families,” said Jane Errington, corporate fundraiser for Julia's House. “Our work would not be possible without the support of local companies such as Qualcomm.”
Qualcomm Incorporated is a leader in developing and delivering innovative digital wireless communications products and services based on CDMA and other advanced technologies. Headquartered in San Diego, Calif., Qualcomm is included in the S&P 100 Index, the S&P 500 Index and is a 2008 FORTUNE 500® company. For more information, please visit www.qualcomm.com.
About Julia's House
Julia's House is Dorset's hospice dedicated to children with life-limiting conditions. The majority of the children that it cares for are unlikely to live into adulthood (defined as beyond the age of 18). The children's hospice complements the work of the Julia's House Community Team, which consists of 65 nurses and caregivers who travel the county, providing life-changing support for families in their own homes. In 2007, the charity provided more than 7,500 hours of care for Dorset's children.
It costs around £1.9m to run Julia's House, yet the charity receives just three per cent of its total annual funding from the government. The rest of the charity's essential income is raised through the generosity of the Dorset community, corporate partners and charitable foundations. For more information about Julia's House, please contact 01202 607 400 or visit www.julias-house.org