HEALTHY LIVING: Fund-raising appeal to support families

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BLUEBELL Wood Children’s Hospice today launches a £30,000 appeal to build a new family room at their North Anston site.

The hospice, which cares for children and young adults with shortened life expectancy, wants to construct a space where parents can spend time to relax.

Sarah Champion, chief executive of the hospice, said: “This space will allow parents some valuable ‘me’ time while they are staying with us and we’d love every Star reader to get behind this campaign. Our charity receives no statutory government funding and it costs £3 million every year to provide this support.

“Every donation to the relaxation room will help us extend the services we provide to families.”

Bluebell Wood opened its doors in September 2008, with the aim of serving families across South Yorkshire, North Derbyshire, North Nottinghamshire and North West Lincolnshire.

A spokeswoman for the charity said: “The main family area of the hospice can at times become busy and noisy with the children who are staying at the hospice and their siblings. Although the hospice has a quiet room, there is nowhere for parents to take time and relax on their own.”

The space would include room for gym equipment, a television, comfy chairs, tea and coffee facilities and internet access.

Bluebell Wood want to also use the room for a monthly support group for parents and grandparents.

People can donate by calling 01909 517360, by logging on to www.bluebellwoodshop.co.uk or by taking donations into any of the charity’s eight shops.