Sheffield couple support fundraising appeal at children’s hospice

Eleanor Brown
Eleanor Brown
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A Sheffield couple heartbroken over the death of their beloved baby are supporting a new appeal to raise money for the children’s hospice where she took her last breaths.

Eleanor Brown was seven months old when she died wrapped in the arms of her parents Paul and Dee.

Dee and Paul Brown, from Waterthorpe

Dee and Paul Brown, from Waterthorpe

The youngster suffered from Spinal Muscular Atrophy – a genetic neuromuscular disease which affects nerves responsible for muscle function – and spent much of her life in hospital.

The last few weeks of her life were spent at Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice in North Anston.

Her parents are among the first to back the hospice’s new Rainbow of Ribbons appeal, which will transform the gardens into a sea of colour later in the year.

Hundreds of ribbons bought in memory of loved ones will be displayed along fences at the hospice’s open day in September.

Eleanor Brown

Eleanor Brown

Eleanor’s mum, Dee, aged 31, from Waterthorpe, said: “It’s good to be able to remember Eleanor in such a colourful way. It’s a bright, happy way of remembering her and others too.

“At Bluebell Wood we could be Eleanor’s parents again, rather than watching other people look after her. We had some really special times – the nurses organised for us to go to the local Butterfly House and we often walked around in the gardens with Eleanor in her pram.

“It was great to just be a family again, but with experts on hand when we needed them. Eleanor was much happier and seemed back to her normal self.”

“Bluebell Wood feels like a home from home. When I come here, I feel at peace. We don’t know what we would have done without Bluebell Wood. The worst situation imaginable was made just that bit better by being able to come to Bluebell Wood.”

The ribbons dedicated to loved ones will be displayed on Sunday, September 20, from 10.30am until 3pm.

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