CBeebies star Chris Jarvis joined more than a thousand egg-cited children at the first Julia’s House Easter trail, hosted in the grounds of a country house that features heavily in Netflix period drama, Bridgerton.

The Show Me, Show Me presenter has been a patron of the children’s hospice for a number of years. The charity provides essential respite care for the most seriously ill children and their families in Wiltshire and Dorset and is almost entirely reliant on donations to fund its vital services.

“Everyone is made to feel so incredibly welcome at Julia’s House. I feel honoured to be a patron and supporter,”he said. “As well as all the amazing work going on, there’s a magical aura that raises spirits and plants smiles on faces. For our most special children needing expert and loving care, and for those families and siblings who need respite, I cannot imagine a better place!”

Chris did the Easter Bunny and the Lost Toys trail with a family that is cared for by staff at Julia’s House. He also handed out chocolate prizes to other children taking part.

The illustrated trail was completed by around 1,600 youngsters and raised more than £7,000 for the charity.

Wilton House is home to the 18th Earl and Countess of Pembroke and is a popular filming destination, currently starring as multiple residences in the second season of Bridgerton.

Visit juliashouse.org to make a donation or for information about future fundraising events.