Hospice care wows gran in to Doncaster fundraising role

Sally Baker
Sally Baker

Witnessing the superb care given by staff at Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, when her grandson was seriously ill, has spurred his gran on to supporting its services.

Sally Baker’s grandson Harrison was taken to Bluebell Wood for end of life care at just three weeks old, when he contracted meningitis.

But thankfully the little boy made a miraculous recovery, and his nannan has now joined the South Yorkshire charity as a community fundraiser for the Doncaster area.

Mrs Baker, of Dinnington, said: “It’s a pleasure to join the fantastic fundraising team at Bluebell Wood, because I know first-hand the difference it makes to families facing the toughest of times.

“As a grandparent, staying at the hospice gave me space to deal with the devastating thought I may lose a grandchild. My friends came to sit with me one night, something I couldn’t have done in hospital. I want to do all I can to help Bluebell Wood deliver its amazing support to children, young adults and families facing life-shortening and life-threatening conditions.”

Harrison is now an active little boy interested in cars, planes and things any toddler would love. He is affected by his experience in a few ways and wears a hearing aid, glasses and has cerebral palsy on one side.

His nannan added: “His development is slower but he is such a happy, lovely boy. He never complains. He just gets on with everything.”

Harrison’s mum Samantha and dad Adam also fundraise for Bluebell Wood and together with Sally have raised over £8000 to date.

If you would like to start fundraising, please email Sally Baker at sally.baker@bluebellwood.org. Or give her a call on 01909 517 364.