It’s VIP Savanagh as Belles back Bluebell Wood

Belle for a day: Nine-year-old Savanagh Taylor meets players Aine O'Gorman  and Julie-Ann Russell

Belle for a day: Nine-year-old Savanagh Taylor meets players Aine O'Gorman and Julie-Ann Russell

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FRIDAY the13th is normally considered an unlucky day but that didn’t turn out to be the case for Bluebell Wood Hospice and Savanagh Taylor in particular.

The region’s top womens’ football club, Doncaster Rovers Belles, visited the hospice and presented a cheque for £250 to World Cup referee Howard Webb.

The South Yorkshire official, who is a patron at the hospice, was guest speaker at the club’s end-of-season awards night last year.

He explained that it costs over £2.5m every year to provide care and support to youngsters with a shortened life expectancy and requested that instead of paying him a fee to attend the function that they made a donation to the hospice and the Womens’ Super League club were happy to oblige.

Savanagh, aged nine, met the Belles’ contingent of vice-chairman and business manager Alan Smart, manager John Buckley and players Aine O’Gorman and Julie-Anne Russell.

“What a massively humbling experience; it was the first visit for all of us at the club,” said Smart.

“I don’t think any of us would mind saying that we were all emotionally affected on the day and hopefully in some way our small donation can help.”

Buckley told The Star: “We’ll definitely maintain our link with Bluebell Wood and look to do something going forward in 2012. I’m thinking of something around one of our games in this season’s Womens’ Super League for the families.”

Belles are the latest South Yorkshire football club to visit the hospice.

Both Sheffield clubs, Rotherham United and Doncaster Rovers have all supported Bluebell Wood as part of The Football League’s partnership with Help the Hospices.