Happy birthday Bluebell Wood!
Children, staff and parents have joined together to celebrate a very special anniversary at South Yorkshire’s only children’s hospice.
Bluebell Wood, in North Anston, opened its doors five years ago today, and since then has looked after hundreds of families from across the county and beyond.
Hospice bosses are using the milestone birthday to thank people for their fundraising efforts so far, and invite visitors to a special open day on Sunday, September 29, from 10.30am to 3pm.
Tony Critchley, aged 45, and his seven-year-old Kian were one of the first families to use the charity’s facilities in 2008.
Kian has a brain condition called Lissencephaly, as well as epilepsy and cerebral palsy, which means he cannot talk or walk and has difficulty eating.
“Often Kian only has two hours’ sleep in a 24-hour period, which leaves us totally shattered,” said Tony, from Intake, Doncaster.
“Because of his condition, it’s difficult for our extended family to care for him, and that’s where Bluebell Wood comes in. It is a lifeline for us.”
Fundraising for the hospice, which cost more than £4million, started in 1998.
Now Bluebell Wood caters for more than 170 families, offering eight bedrooms, gardens, a music room and private cinema.
John Holt, chair of trustees, said: “As we celebrate our fifth birthday it’s a time to reflect upon how we got to where we are today and to say thank you to everyone who made Bluebell Wood possible. We’re extremely proud of our hospice.”