a HOSPICE reliant on donations to care for terminally ill children in South Yorkshire has a new common room thanks to a donation from holiday firm Thomas Cook.
Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice in North Aston, Rotherham, received £25,000 from the Thomas Cook Children’s Charity to provide extra space for friends and relatives visiting youngsters in the hospice.
The donation is part of The Thomas Cook Children’s Charity partnership with Together For Short Lives, a charity for children with life threatening and life limiting conditions, in which they have pledged to donate £1 million to fund refurbishment or building projects in all 43 UK children’s hospices over three years.
Bluebell Wood is one of the first projects to be completed.
Maxine Harper, from Thomas Cook, said: “We’re thrilled to be able to fund this refurbishment for Bluebell Wood. They provide invaluable care and support for the children and their families and we hope this enables them to continue to do this in the best possible environment.”
Heidi Megaughin, Acting Chief Executive of Bluebell Wood, said: “We are so grateful for the support we have received from the Children’s Charity as it wouldn’t have been possible to create this room without them.
“It’s wonderful that our parents, grandparents and siblings now have their own space in which they can come together in these lovely tranquil surroundings.”
The Thomas Cook Children’s Charity recently donated a ‘sensory suitcase’ to Bluebell Wood.
It contains a range of equipment that can be used to help stimulate awareness, relaxation and learning.
Nurses and parents can use it with children in the hospice or at home.
The Thomas Cook Children’s Charity raised £1.2 million last year through employee and customer donations.
Bluebell Wood opened in 2008.