Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice is thrilled to launch its brand new Rainbow of Ribbons appeal, which will create a kaleidoscope of colours in the hospice’s grounds later this year.
The appeal will see hundreds of ribbons in memory of loved ones being displayed along fences at the hospice’s Open Day in September. Anyone can dedicate a ribbon and many Bluebell Wood families have already begun to support the campaign.
Paul and Dee Brown of Sheffield, parents of seven-month-old Eleanor who sadly passed away at Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, have dedicated a ribbon in Eleanor’s memory. Dee said: “It’s good to be able to remember Eleanor in such a colourful way. It’s a bright, happy way of remembering her and others too.”
Eleanor was the much loved first child for proud parents Paul and Dee. At just a few months old, Eleanor was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) Type One – a genetic neuromuscular disease which affects nerves responsible for muscle function. She spent a lot of her short life in hospital.
Dee explains: “At Bluebell Wood we could be Eleanor’s parents again, rather than watching other people look after her. We had some really special times – the nurses organised for us to go to the local Butterfly House and we often walked around in the gardens with Eleanor in her pram.
“It was great to just be a family again, but with experts on hand when we needed them. Eleanor was much happier and seemed back to her normal self.”
Eleanor lived at Bluebell Wood for seven weeks and in that time grandparents, family and friends visited often. When Eleanor died, she was cuddled up with Paul and Dee.
Dee said: “She slipped away so very peacefully. We had all the feeding and oxygen tubes removed so she was just our beautiful Eleanor.”
“Bluebell Wood feels like a home from home. When I come here, I feel at peace. We don’t know what we would have done without Bluebell Wood. The worst situation imaginable was made just that bit better by being able to come to Bluebell Wood,” she said.
The hospice’s Rainbow of Ribbons appeal is encouraging people to celebrate a special person in their life by dedicating a coloured ribbon in their name; all money raised will go towards the £3m it costs to keep the hospice running.
By purchasing your ribbon in advance and making a dedication to a loved one, a ribbon will then be tied to the fences along the hospice grounds.
The kaleidoscope of ribbons will be displayed in the grounds of the hospice at the Open Day on Sunday 20th September. From 10.30am – 3pm, the hospice will be open for visitors to see their ribbons and also see how all their fundraising efforts make a difference.
Funds raised by the appeal will help the hospice continue supporting more than 200 children with complex health needs and life-limiting conditions and their families. The hospice supports families across South Yorkshire, North Derbyshire, North Nottinghamshire and parts of North Lincolnshire.
Jo Berry, Events Fundraiser at Bluebell Wood, said: “We’re all really looking forward to the Open Day and seeing the fantastic rainbow of ribbons along the hospice grounds. The day is an opportunity to celebrate loved ones who are here as well as loved ones who are not.”