Mum of a three-year-old Jacob White from Maltby has today opened a re-located Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice furniture shop; where she spoke about the charity’s importance to her family.
Bluebell Wood’s furniture shop has moved to larger premises at Unit One, Denby Way on Hellaby Industrial Estate. The new location is close to the former premises and will allow the charity to store and sell more furniture donations; therefore helping to raise further funds towards the more than £3m a year it needs to raise.
Kerry White, Jacob’s mum, used to work in the very same premises 14 years ago, when the building was owned by an office and stationery business. She was delighted to open the shop on behalf of the charity. Jacob attends the North Anston based hospice for respite and the family, of Maltby, enjoy spending time there together.
“Bluebell Wood is absolutely amazing. Jacob loves going for respite there, he gets such great care and attention from all of the Care Team members. Jacob’s older brother, Leo, also goes to the sibling group and this gives him the chance to be himself and meet others who experience similar situations to him,” said Kerry.
Kerry’s husband Jason, along with their youngest daughter Mia, two, supported Kerry and Jacob when the shop was officially opened on Monday (28th September) morning.
The family has made donations to the organisation’s charity shops before and was impressed by what is on offer at the furniture store. Kerry added: “It’s amazing to know that people can donate their unwanted furniture and it helps to make a huge difference to families like ours who benefit so much from Bluebell Wood.”
The shop stocks the very best in second hand home furnishings, homeware and electrical items. Bluebell Wood can also arrange for collection of items from homes across the area; anybody wanting to find out more about this should contact the shop on 01709 530055.
James Bower, Head of Retail at Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, said: “We’re really pleased to be opening bigger premises for our furniture shop. Furniture donations help to raise substantial amounts for our hospice to keep its vital services open to children and families across South Yorkshire and beyond.
“I’d like to thank Kerry and Jacob for coming along to open our shop, we’re here to make sure families like theirs continue to get specialist support while surrounded by love and laughter at Bluebell Wood.”
The organisation is also seeking volunteers to help serve customers, work in the warehouse, complete deliveries and operate the till during the shop’s opening hours, which will be 9.30am-4.30pm every Monday to Saturday.
It costs over £3m a year to keep the hospice open and the shops are a vital way for Bluebell Wood to raise the funds it needs. James added: “Bluebell Wood depends on and is very grateful for the generosity of community members. In the past year, our shops have raised thousands of pounds and we’re looking forward to another successful, busy year ahead.”
Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice offers care and support to children and young adults with a shortened life expectancy. Their specialist care team look after children with a vast range of medical needs, while also offering support to the whole family through; respite care, day care, community support, 24 hour urgent response and end of life treatment and care.
If you have a few spare hours each week and are interested in a voluntary position helping to support the children and families who rely on Bluebell Wood, please contact Joanne Ward or Sandra Hind on 01909 517 360, email firstname.lastname@example.org or drop into the Hellaby shop for an application form.