Eleven-year-old Neve Presley is spending her summer holidays doing something valuable for families in Doncaster and beyond, after becoming one of the first members of Bluebell Wood’s Fun-draising Club for under-16s.
Neve, who lives in Dunsville, has already raised £57 by selling her old books and another £68 by raffling a Minion themed cushion crocheted by her mum Karen. Every penny Neve raises is helping Bluebell Wood to support children and young adults across South Yorkshire with life-shortening and life-threatening conditions.
Neve, who has just left Kirk Sandall Juniors and starts at Hungerhill Secondary School in September, is getting lots of tips from the Bluebell Wood Fun-draising Club on how to turn her ideas into fundraisers. From bake sales and sponsored silences to talent shows and sponsored swims, the club gives children inspiration and support to help them all the way.
Neve’s mum Karen said: “I work at Marks & Spencers at Lakeside Village, where Bluebell Wood is the centre’s charity of the year. As part of that a few of us volunteered to work in the gardens at Bluebell Wood. While we were there we heard about the Fun-draising Club so I took a leaflet home to Neve. She thought it was a brilliant idea.
“The Bluebell Wood Fun-draising Club leaflet explains how different amounts of money can help families, like pay for craft sessions for the children being cared for there, and their brothers and sisters. This helped Neve realise that she can make a difference and that every sum of money she raises is worthwhile.
“When Neve came to Bluebell Wood to hand over money, she was given a tour round by Sally Baker, who runs the Bluebell Wood Fun-draising Club, and she saw the beautiful gardens, the art and craft room and the bedrooms where families stay and she got really excited at the thought of raising more money to help all of this.”
Sally Baker, Community Fundraising Manager, Bluebell Wood said: “We’re so pleased to have Neve in the Bluebell Wood Fun-draising Club and would like to say a huge thank you for everything she’s already done. We’re very impressed and we’re sure that all her family and friends are extremely proud of her and all her fantastic fundraising.
“Anyone under 16 who’d like to have lots of fun coming up with ideas to raise money for Bluebell Wood and make new friends, should get in touch with me. This is the perfect chance to put your talents to use and make a difference to families facing the toughest of times.”
Once new members have made their first donation, Bluebell Wood sends each person a special fundraising pack with their own Fun-draising Club t-shirt.
Parents with children interested in getting involved in Bluebell Wood Fun-draising can email Sally Baker on firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.