Lapland has arrived at Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, thanks to the amazing support of generous community members who have donated £1 for every virtual mile between Sheffield and Lapland.
On Saturday, children currently staying at the North Anston hospice, as well as bereaved families, enjoyed an afternoon of festive fun. Children met live reindeers, saw falling snow, met Santa in his grotto, ate mince pies and took part in plenty of Christmas activities.
All other Bluebell Wood families have been invited to meet Santa and his elves in the coming week. In addition, all children and siblings currently being supported by Bluebell Wood have received a Toys R Us or Love to Shop vouchers if they weren’t able to attend the Bluebell Wood Christmas party, which took place last week.
All of this was made possible by the Lapland Appeal, for which more than £6,500 has been raised. The appeal asked people to donate a £1 for every virtual mile, to bring Lapland to Bluebell Wood.
Claire Rintoul, Chief Executive at Bluebell Wood, said: “The aim of this campaign was to reach a target of £2,078 – to replicate the number of miles between Sheffield and Lapland.
“We’ve been completely overwhelmed by the amount of support we have received, which has seen us complete several journeys between Sheffield and Lapland. Thanks so much to everybody who has supported us, this gives us even more opportunities to create amazing memories for our children and their families.”
One donation, given by an anonymous donor in the name of Santa Claus, gave £3,250 last month. A message was sent to Bluebell Wood, accompanying the donation. It read: “A little elf told me about your Lapland appeal. Your positive attitude helping to make memories for well-deserving children’s lives with laughter and love is brilliant. Not just at Christmas, but all through the year.
“Although we don’t really use money here, Rudolph managed to fly one of
my helpful little elves to the nearest bureau-de-change and convert some of my magic gold dust into sterling, matching the £3,250 you’ve raised so far.”
Amanda Steele, who used Bluebell Wood’s end of life services, said: “What an amazing day for me and my children. We feel so privileged to be part of Bluebell Wood and without our boy Roman, we would never have known that such a wonderful place was available for families just like mine.
“Santa, reindeers, crafts and lots of love and laughter, it’s was like having Christmas with Roman as we know he was there in spirit. Thank you so much.”