Super supporters make 2012 golden

One diorection's Louis Tomlinson with staff from Bluebell Wood Hospice.
One diorection's Louis Tomlinson with staff from Bluebell Wood Hospice.
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SUPPORTERS and friends have been thanked for their hard work in making 2012 a golden year for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.

Acting chief executive Heidi Megaughlin said there were too many fundraising events to list.

“Our supporters have baked cakes, jumped out of planes, ran marathons, held raffles and fundraising evenings, written songs and even shaved their heads for us.

“We want to say thank you to everyone in the local community, as well as our volunteers, companies and celebrities, not forgetting our families and wonderful staff. We wouldn’t be here without your support,” Heidi said.

The hospice, based in North Anston, began its year by launching a £40,000 appeal to build a new end-of-life suite and family lounge for use by relatives, which is now complete and in use.

Spring saw Alan Titchmarsh and his team from ITV’s Love Your Garden arrive to build a garden of remembrance for the families, despite the torrential rain which fell throughout the build.

The hospice opened a second-hand furniture store in Hellaby to complement its seven other charity shops and it has proved to be very popular.

Singer songwriter Ed Sheeran also visited and became an ambassador for the charity, quickly joined by Doncaster’s Louis Tomlinson, from boy band One Direction.

Louis played in a charity football match for the hospice and also visited in the autumn and sent Christmas presents and a cake for the children.

The South Yorkshire hospice costs £3 million a year to run and relies on fundraising, as it receives no statutory Government funding.