Kind-hearted churchgoer’s £30k legacy will help local children with life-shortening conditions

A kind-hearted churchgoer from Goldthorpe has made a lasting mark on Bluebell Wood, after leaving the hospice a £30,000 legacy from his estate in his Will.

Allen Fiddament, who sadly passed away in April 2016 aged 87, always wanted to help local children and give them a better chance in life. So when it came to writing his Will, he knew exactly where the money from his home should go.

Allen’s niece, Linda Pearson, visited the children’s hospice with her family in December to hand over the £30,000 cheque, which is enough to pay for sixty days of specialised 24 hour nursing care.

Linda said: “My uncle was a quiet, unassuming man who never had children of his own. He thought Bluebell Wood did excellent work, and it was his dearest wish to help the hospice care for children who needed it most.

“My family and I are so proud that we were able to fulfil Allen’s wish on his behalf. It meant so much to us to be able to look round the hospice and present them with his cheque. We didn’t know what to expect when we arrived, but what we found was a place full of happiness. It made us grateful for all the normal things we take for granted.”

Bluebell Wood cares for children and young adults with life-shortening and life-threatening conditions across South Yorkshire, North Derbyshire, North Nottinghamshire and parts of North Lincolnshire. This includes end of life care, short breaks, music therapy, counselling, sibling support, home visits and more.

Julie Booth, Trust, Legacy and In Memory Fundraiser at Bluebell Wood, said: “We are really grateful to Allen for remembering Bluebell Wood in his Will. Allen’s gift will help us plan for the future, and it was wonderful showing his family round our hospice so they could see how his support will make a difference.

“Making a Will is so important, and I’d urge everyone to write or update their Will to make sure their loved ones are protected. Throughout our ‘Make a Will Month’ this May, we’re teaming up with solicitors across the region to make it easier and cheaper to write a Will. The participating solicitors are donating the whole fee to Bluebell Wood, which means we can continue to create special memories for our children and families.”

To find out more about Make A Will Month, please contact Julie Booth on 01909 508 119, email Julie.booth@bluebellwood.org or click here.

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