Superior, a leading manufacturer based in Dorset, is sponsoring The Extra Mile, a new fundraising concept for Julia’s House.

The Extra Mile encourages children in local schools to run, skip or hop a mile to raise funds for their school and also for Julia’s House, the Dorset and Wiltshire children’s hospice charity which supports life-limited children and their families.

Schools taking part in The Extra Mile will encourage children to complete their mile on a specific date and time. Classes can compete against each other to raise the most sponsorship. Money raised is split 50/50 between the school and Julia’s House. Schools can use the money raised to fund additional materials, trips or valuable equipment and resources. Participating schools will receive sponsorship forms, a bespoke medal for each child and a trophy for the class that raises the most money.

Laura Kelly, community fundraising manager at Julia’s House, commented: “We would like to say a huge thank you to our sponsors Superior. Their support of The Extra Mile means that all money raised and donated by schools will go directly to the school and Julia’s House. We are hoping that if enough schools sign up across Dorset, together they can raise enough to fund a Julia’s House nurse.”

Katie Bodman, head of training academy at Superior, commented: “We’re delighted to be sponsoring The Extra Mile for Julia’s House. We chose to support this unique fundraiser as it’s for a good cause and also encourages children in schools to take up exercise.”

Superior will host its own ‘Apprentice Extra Mile Marathon’ on Saturday March 18 to run in conjunction with The Extra Mile. The manufacturing company will be marking out a mile circuit in its factory car park, encouraging apprentices to run the circuit until 26 miles have been run in a relay style, raising funds for Julia’s House.

 Superior has its own company-run Academy, offering apprenticeships to students from as young as 16, through to graduates, giving apprentices the chance to learn about engineering, science and manufacturing. Working closely in conjunction with local schools and colleges, Superior’s aim is to get students of all ages interested in science and engineering.

For more information about Superior Academy, visit  and to get involved in Julia’s House The Extra Mile, visit