Referee gets a kick from fundraising for hospice in Rotherham

Howard Webb
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Former Premier League and World Cup referee Howard Webb is among a number of celebrities who have entered a teddy bear in a fundraising parachute jump - to raise cash for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice in Rotherham.

Howard, from Rotherham, donated a bear for the parachute jump in Clarence Park, Wakefield, on Sunday.

Teddies donated by local people and celebrities will parachute from a height.

Coronation Street actress Catherine Kelly, from Barnsley, has also donated a bear for the big plunge.

Sponsorship money will go towards Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice in North Anston, which offers care and support to children with complex medical needs and a shortened life expectancy.

It costs £3 million a year to keep its doors open.

Howard said: “I am proud to be a patron at Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice - it’s such a great cause and helps so many families.

“I am always keen to support their ventures and this is something a bit different and interesting.”

To sponsor Howard’s bear please visit and for more information about Bluebell Wood visit