Our history

Fundraising for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice started in 1998, shortly after 11-year-old Richard Cooper sadly passed away.

Richard had a rare degenerative disease, which quickly led to an increasing disability. He had also developed cancer throughout his life, which meant he had multiple stays in hospital, as well as lots of intensive treatment.

During the final weeks of his life, both Richard and his mum tried to avoid going back into a stressful hospital environment. With determination and courage, they achieved their wishes and on 13th March 1997 Richard passed away surrounded by his family at home.

Our charity was then established in 1998 to help families like Richard’s to have a home from home and provide the care and support outside of a hospital environment. We are here throughout every step of a families’ journey, whether they are visiting us for the first time or are referred to us for end of life care.

From dancing to cake making, our fundraising efforts were all worthwhile when Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice proudly opened its doors on 19th September 2008, with the support of local communities.

Since then, we have grown and developed to support as many families as we can. We are over the moon to be able to spread love and laughter for families in South Yorkshire, North Nottinghamshire, North Derbyshire and Lincolnshire.