Parents’ Forget-Me-Not Ball raises £9,702 for Bluebell Wood

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A Forget-Me-Not Ball organised by bereaved parents has raised an impressive £9,702 for Bluebell Wood.

Parents supported by South Yorkshire’s only children’s hospice arranged the night of magic, music and dance at the Holiday Inn, Rotherham. They included Charlotte and Gareth Mayor, Kristina and Phil Booth, Dorcas and Paul Brown, Anna and Matt Muffett, Jo and Jonathan Tennick, Amanda Steele and Steve Morley and Claire Malcolmson.

The evening featured close up magic from Afro Magic, a disco and a song written and sung by Amanda Steele in memory of all Bluebell Wood children, including her son Roman.

Amanda, her partner Steve and their children stayed in Bluebell Wood’s Forget-me-Not suite with Roman after he passed away in 2014 at just ten months.

Amanda said: “We are over the moon that the Forget-Me-Not Ball raised so much for a charity that means so much to all of us. The evening was very much a celebration of all our babies’ lives and the friendships we have all built since then, which wouldn’t have happened without them. For Steve and me, Bluebell Wood gave us a time with Roman that we could not have had anywhere else.”

Charlotte and Gareth Mayor’s daughter Elsa passed away at Bluebell Wood in 2015 after being diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy at just eight-months-old.

Charlotte said: “Our bereavement group enjoyed organising the Forget-Me-Not Ball and it brought us closer arranging something so close to all our hearts. We all remember our children every day but it felt very poignant doing something in their names. We all think the night went brilliantly and we had wonderful feedback. We are all so proud of the amount raised, as we all know how much this will help Bluebell Wood.”

Anna Gott, Community Fundraiser, Bluebell Wood, said: ‘I’m so proud to have worked with these wonderful families with their first ever Forget Me Not Ball, which was a huge success. They’ve done extremely well and showed a lot of courage and strength between them to organise such a fantastic evening together. We’re very grateful that families who have used our services are inspired to fundraise on our behalf and go on to help inspire others’.

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