Natalie, a specialist clinical negligence solicitor at Switalskis Solicitors and a former president of Sheffield and District Law Society, has actively supported us since she chose us as one of her two charities of the year at the society, raising £5,500 in 2017.
In her ambassador role, Natalie will help to spread the word and encourage even more people and businesses to support our work with children and young adults with life-shortening and life-threatening conditions.
Natalie said: “It is an absolute honour to be part of a team of ambassadors dedicated to an incredible cause. I first came across Bluebell Wood when I was working from home on a snow day and had the TV on in the background. The charity was featured and I was compelled to stop and look. I was amazed by the support it gives families and decided I had to become involved.
“Every single time I meet someone touched by Bluebell Wood it serves to remind me of the amazing work done by its completely dedicated team, and of the families and children. I defy anyone to walk into the hospice and not come out without having a giggle, and experiences that change you. It truly is an amazing and supportive place for people facing the darkest times of their lives. It’s a safe place to be who you want, to be comfortable, supported and nurtured. It is my absolute pleasure to be a part of it. What surprises many is that it is a happy place. There are sad times but in darkness there is also light.
“Some of the fundraising events I’ve taken part in include the Bluebell Wood Fire Walk, twice. I’ve had powder paint thrown on me at the Colour Dash, climbed over inflatable obstacles at It’s a Knockout, taken part in a five hour spinathon, run, jogged, walked and crawled. I’ve also danced the YMCA with Bluebell Wood families and done some very questionable dance moves at fundraisers. Bluebell Wood could ask me to do anything and I would probably give it a go.
“I hope I can dispel any myths that the hospice is a sad place. Bluebell Wood is so much more than that. It’s all about the children, parents, brothers and sisters, aunties and uncles, grandparents, cousins, school-friends, those who work there, those who volunteer, fundraisers and ambassadors.
“It’s my privilege to be a voice for the hospice and convey my passion for the work it does. It’s always there for the community, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 52 weeks a year. I hope I can play my small part in the huge jigsaw that makes up Bluebell Wood.”
Helen Mower, Head of Fundraising, Bluebell Wood, said: “We’ve been blown away by Natalie’s enthusiasm for Bluebell Wood. When she adopted us as one of her charities for the Law Society last year, she helped to raise £5,500 and has taken part in some incredible challenges in support of us.
“When her time as president of the Law Society came to an end it seemed like the perfect opportunity to invite her to become an official ambassador and we’re delighted that she accepted. Natalie will be a fantastic representative because she has a great understanding of our work and a real drive to spread the word about who we are and what we do.”