First year anniversary celebrated in style

A Chapeltown charity shop has today celebrated its first anniversary, after raising more than £100,000 for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice in the time it has been open.

The shop, located on Market Street, has had a busy first year. All funds raised go towards supporting children with life shortening conditions, and their families, at Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.

Sue Smith, Chapeltown Shop Manager, said: “It’s been such a fantastic and exciting year. The community members of Chapeltown are so supportive; whether they are donating items of buying from our shop, they have really made our first year a success and so a real difference to our charity.”

The celebration event today saw volunteers, customers and staff come together to mark the anniversary. A donation of a huge number one cake was also made for the occasion, made and donated by Claire and Dawn of ‘A little bit of heaven.’

Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice is currently supporting around 250 families across South Yorkshire and beyond, both in their own homes and in the North Anston hospice. The ten Bluebell Wood shops help to raise thousands towards the more than £3m it costs for the hospice to keep its doors open.

James Bower, Head of Retail at Bluebell Wood, said: “It’s been a tremendous year and I’d like to thank the customers, volunteers and staff for their dedication and support. It’s really important for us to be a part of the community and the Chapeltown customers have really welcomed us to their high street.

“We are looking forward to another successful year ahead, helping to raise the funds we need to continue providing special memories for families facing the toughest of times.”

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