Grateful parent opens new Sheffield charity shop

Father Christmas opens the new Bluebell Hospice shop at Chapeltown
Father Christmas opens the new Bluebell Hospice shop at Chapeltown
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The mum of a Barnsley teenager who has cerebral palsy has opened the ninth Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice charity shop.

The latest shop, which is on Market Street in Chapeltown, Sheffield, was opened by Tina Vickers, the mum of 15-year-old Kyle who has been going to the Rotherham hospice for respite care for around five years.

Tina, of Penistone, who also uses the hospice’s counselling service and whose son James, 14, attends the siblings group, said: “Bluebell Wood just means such a lot to me.

“I just don’t know what I’d do without the support I get from the hospice, it’s really incredible.

“Being able to open a new shop, which will in turn raise more funds for the charity, is amazing and I am pleased to have been involved.”

There was also a special appearance from Santa Claus at the opening, who dropped by to greet customers.

The Chapeltown shop will stock good quality second-hand items, including toys and clothes as well as new items.

Bluebell Wood is currently looking for friendly volunteers with good communication skills to help sort, size and tag donations. The organisation is also seeking volunteers to help serve customers and operate the till during the shop’s opening hours, which will be 9am to 4.30pm every Monday to Saturday.

Anybody interested in a voluntary position should contact Joanne Ward or Sandra Hind on 01909 517 360, email joanne.ward@bluebellwood.org or drop into the Chapeltown shop.