Path to memory garden renewed

A new path to a memory garden at North Anston children’s hospice, Bluebell Wood, has been installed and funded by a national firm as part of their community project work.

Cofely, a services company, has been through a national process to decide on charity projects to support across the UK. Out of many entrants, Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice was chosen as one of the six projects to be supported by Cofely this year.

Employees at the firm have volunteered hours to install the new path to Bluebell Wood’s dragonfly garden, where pebbles are placed in peaceful surroundings to remember children who have passed away at the hospice. The work to the path has made the garden more accessible and the work would have cost around £9,000; instead, all time and materials were donated by Cofely.

Rachael Dawes, Corporate Fundraising Manager at Bluebell Wood, said: “We’re delighted that Cofely have chosen to support us in this way. The company has undergone a rigorous process to decide which charities to support and we are pleased that this work could be completed, enabling more people to access our memory garden; a poignant and special place for our families.”

Nigel Oxley, a service supervisor for Cofely, nominated Bluebell Wood for the project. He said: “It’s fantastic that we can help Bluebell Wood in this way. I live locally and this project is all about giving something back to the community.

“I’ve visited Bluebell Wood several times and know what a vital and positive difference the work of the hospice makes to children and their families. We can’t wait to get started on the project now.”

Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice supports more than 200 children and young adults with life shortening conditions and their families a year, both in the hospice and in family homes. It costs more than £3m to keep the hospice running, with more than 90% of its funds coming from community and corporate fundraising activities.

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