Tenth charity shop opens to raise cash for children’s hospice in South Yorkshire

Adam Salt with his mum Kerry, dad Karl, sister Isla and BLuebell Wood Chief Executive Claire Rintoul
Adam Salt with his mum Kerry, dad Karl, sister Isla and BLuebell Wood Chief Executive Claire Rintoul
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The mum of a young boy who uses Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice has opened its tenth charity shop.

Kerry Salt opened the shop on Packers Row, Chesterfield, which staff and volunteers hope will boost the charity’s coffers.

It costs £3 million a year to run the hospice in North Anston.

Kerry’s son, Adam, who has cerebral palsy, chronic lung disease, epilepsy and visual impairment, attends the hospice for respite care.

He has been using the hospice for around four years.

Kerry, from Hasland, said: “Bluebell Wood is absolutely amazing. We get such great support from the staff there and get to spend quality time together as parents.

“It also gives us the chance to meet other parents going through similar things to us and provides lots of brilliant ways to have fun together as a family at no cost – like the annual Christmas party we always attend.”

Kerry had previously been travelling to the charity’s Bakewell shop to donate goods to Bluebell Wood.

She added: “I am genuinely really very excited that we have a shop in Chesterfield to support Bluebell Wood. So many people ask me about Bluebell Wood and I think it will really help people understand what a real difference the hospice makes to families in this area.”

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

Volunteers with good communication skills are wanted to help sort, size and tag donations and operate the till during the shop’s opening hours, which will be 9am-4.30pm every Monday to Saturday.

Bluebell Wood’s Retail Manager, James Bower, said: “We are really excited to be opening our tenth shop and it’s really special to be able to open it in Chesterfield.

“We support numerous families in the Chesterfield area and for us to have a presence on their high street is fantastic.

“Bluebell Wood depends on and is very grateful for the generosity of community members. In the past year, our shops have raised thousands of pounds towards our £3m costs.

“This expansion of our retail services will enable us to generate more donations but also to become more widely known in the Chesterfield area; in turn this enables us to become part of the community and that’s really important to us as a local charity.”

Bluebell Wood offers care and support to children and young adults with a shortened life expectancy.

The specialist care team looks after children with a vast range of medical needs, while also offering support to their families through; respite care, day care provision, community support, 24 hour urgent

response and end of life treatment and care.

Anyone interested in volunteering for the charity should contact Joanne Ward or Sandra Hind on 01909 517 360.