Morrisons Foundation funds hands-on training at Bluebell Wood

The expert care that Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice gives children with life-shortening conditions has been boosted by £65,650, thanks to a donation from the Morrisons Foundation.

Supporting specialist training, the donation has helped to buy baby and child sized training mannequins for Bluebell Wood’s new Teaching and Learning Centre. Care staff, as well as healthcare professionals from around the region, are given in-depth training at the centre to help them look after children with complex medical needs at the South Yorkshire hospice, in family homes or elsewhere.

The training mannequins let nursing staff, support workers and therapy workers simulate many real life situations involved in caring for a child or baby with a life-shortening condition. The mannequin is controlled by a computer system in a different room, to make situations more realistic for the people being trained.

David Scott, Trustee of the Morrisons Foundation, said: “We’re delighted to be awarding this donation to Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, a charity which provides expert care and support for children and young people with life-threatening conditions. We’re always looking for new projects to support and I urge charities to visit www.morrisonsfoundation.com to find out how to apply for funds.”

Liz Webster, Director of Care at Bluebell Wood, said: “We would like to say a huge thank you to the Morrisons Foundation for donating £65,650 for paediatric simulation mannequins for the hospice.

“One of our ambitions for the future is to become a centre of excellence for children’s palliative care. These mannequins will allow us to offer hands on training both to our care team and to healthcare professionals across the region. This means more nurses and support workers will have the expertise they need to care for children and young adults with life-shortening and life-threatening conditions.”

It costs more than £4m to run Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, providing support both at the hospice and in the community. To make a donation or find ideas for helping Bluebell Wood make more memories for the 250 children it cares for, please visit www.bluebellwood.org.

The Morrisons Foundation was set up as an independent charity by Morrisons supermarkets in 2015. Since launch, the Morrisons Foundation has donated more than £10m to registered charities across England, Scotland and Wales. It receives all of its income from Morrisons, with the main source of income being money from the sale of single-use carrier bags.

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