South Yorkshire hospice banner attacked by vandals

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Heartless vandals have scrawled graffiti across a banner advertising events to support a children’s hospice.

Staff and users of Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice were shocked by the vandalism near Manvers Lake, Rotherham.

The 12 by three metres banner, at the roundabout joining Manvers Way and Station Road, may be beyond repair.

The charity relies on fundraising to support families. This banner was promoting fundraising events including the Colour Dash on July 14, the Dragon Boat Race on August 11 and Mud Madness on October 14.

Maddy Oldale, Head of Communications, Bluebell Wood, said: “Our banners are vital for helping us promote our events. We are obviously dismayed that anyone would choose to vandalise a charity banner that’s there to support children and young adults in incredibly difficult circumstances.” The banner was funded by corporate supporters, Capita and Manvers Lake, and Dearne Valley Trust, who are looking at ways to remove the damage.