Kind-hearted Owls spread Christmas cheer at Bluebell Wood

Children and families at Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice in North Anston were treated to a group of special visitors on Wednesday 7th December when the Sheffield Wednesday Owls dropped by to wish the children a merry Christmas.

Players Liam Palmer, Fernando Forestieri, Tom Lees, Sam Hutchinson, Joe Wildsmith, Steven Fletcher, along with coach Lee Bullen, met children and siblings at the hospice, where they spent time signing autographs, talking top tips, and spreading festive cheer.

One of the young adults who was lucky enough to meet the footballers was 21 year old Luke Taylor, who is a massive Sheffield Wednesday supporter.

Luke’s carers, Roger and Janet, said: “It’s fantastic that the Owls were able to come and visit Bluebell Wood before Christmas – it really means a lot that Luke can get involved. Luke loves coming to matches, but it makes it even more special when his favourite players can come and see him.”

Bluebell Wood provides care and support for children and young adults with life-shortening and life-threatening conditions; and their families. This includes end of life care, short breaks, music therapy, counselling, sibling support, home visits and more.

Sheffield Wednesday is one of Bluebell Wood’s charity partners, and the club has organised a number of fundraisers over the past few years to support the hospice, including bucket collections, a car parking scheme, and Owls in the Park.

Team coach, Lee Bullen said: “Football can be an emotional game, with many highs and lows, but coming to Bluebell Wood really puts everything into perspective.”

Liam Palmer added: “Bluebell Wood is right on my doorstep and it’s always a pleasure to visit. I love meeting so many local children and families who are supported by the hospice, especially at Christmas time.”

Gail Parkin, Community Fundraiser for the Sheffield area, said: “We’re thrilled that the Owls were able to take time out of their busy schedules to come and see us, and wish us a very #BlueandWhiteChristmas.

“Our children and families love moments like this, and it was wonderful to see their faces light up when the Sheffield Wednesday players walked through the door We’re really excited to continue working with the team in the New Year.”

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