Julia’s House Dorset has an innovative model of children’s palliative care: not just end-of-life care, but lifelong weekly respite, at home and in the hospice, relieving parental exhaustion and break-up. There was no such care in Wiltshire. It would take years of public fundraising to duplicate our home care, let alone build another hospice. We funded everything in 11 months by persuading Hollywood’s top star Robert Downey Junior to back us in a breakthrough fundraising method. Swamped with demands for end-of-life care, we fulfilled every new referral; instigated innovative oncology care; provided frequent respite; and specialist therapy for surviving siblings.