Our history

Fundraising for our hospice started in 1998 after the death of 11-year-old Richard Cooper. Richard had a rare degenerative disease which quickly led to an increasing disability.

Richard also developed cancer and had to endure frequent hospital admissions and intensive treatments.

During the final weeks of his life, both Richard and his mum wanted to avoid going back into a stressful hospital environment. With determination and courage they achieved their wishes and on 13th March 1997, aged just 11, Richard died peacefully at home.

Our charity was established in 1998 to help the families of South Yorkshire, North Nottinghamshire, North Derbyshire and Lincolnshire who need care and support outside a hospital environment.

After a lot of fundraising, and working with families in the community, Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice proudly opened its doors on 19th September 2008.

Since then, we have grown and developed. We have a large Care Team, have opened more shops in our communities and support more families than ever before.

Our History