Meadowhall Shopping Centre has announced that Bluebell Wood will be the Shopping Centre’s Charity of Year for 2016 and 2017.
The Sheffield based children’s hospice will replace St Luke’s Hospice, which raised a staggering £124,822 during a two year partnership with the Centre. Commenting on the partnership, Fran Lightfoot from St Luke’s said: “Our relationship with Meadowhall has enabled us to raise further awareness and funds for our Hospice. We have developed some fabulous fundraising initiatives working with the team at Meadowhall, many of which we hope to continue, and are very grateful indeed for the huge legacy that Meadowhall has left.”
Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, which cares for children and young adults with life shortening conditions will take on the two year Meadowhall Charity of the Year partnership from January 2016. The children’s hospice, based in North Anston currently supports around 250 families across South Yorkshire and beyond; providing a wide range of services in the building and in family homes. These include counselling, sibling support and a range of therapies.
Rachael Dawes, Corporate Fundraising Manager at Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, said: “We are incredibly proud to have been chosen as Meadowhall’s Charity of the Year through 2016/17. To have the support of such a large scale business is amazing, thanks so much!
“We are looking forward to offering great opportunities for customers and staff alike to fundraise for us in a creative way. Their efforts will make a huge positive difference to our children and families facing incredibly tough times. We’re here to create special, precious moments surrounded by love and laughter; so we plan to also bring lots of fun to Meadowhall customers and staff through our partnership.”
Darren Pearce, Centre Director at Meadowhall and Chair of the Meadowhall Charity Support Committee said of the announcement: “It has been a fantastic two years working with St Luke’s Hospice. Highlights include the Sheffield to Paris bike ride which saw me and members of British Land, Meadowhall and our corporate partners take on the challenge. And let’s not forget the gruelling 90 mile walk along Hadrian’s Wall which brought in £10,000 of sponsorship thanks to our team’s efforts!
“We are delighted to have presented St Luke’s with such a significant amount which we hope will make a huge difference to the running of the hospice. We now look forward to welcoming Bluebell Wood and making it a couple of years to remember for all involved.”
Meadowhall Centre Manager, Darren Pearce, and Bluebell Wood Chief Executive, Claire Rintoul, with Bluebell Wood children and families.