Pushing the boat out for Bluebell Wood

Members of HMS Sheffield Association visited children and staff at Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice this weekend, when they also donated £200 to the charity.

The veterans, who come from across Britain, meet annually at the Remembrance Day service in Sheffield. The former service men and women served aboard one of the three HMS Sheffield ships. They and their family members visited Bluebell Wood on Saturday, ahead of the service in Sheffield on Sunday.

Beverley Lee, from the HMS Sheffield Association, said: “Our members are spread out across the country but the one thing we have in common is our connection to HMS Sheffield and a fondness for the people and city of Sheffield.

“The breadth of services that Bluebell Wood provides for the local community is amazing and we are delighted to finally get the chance to come and see the wonderful facilities and meet everyone.”

Gail Parkin, Fundraiser at Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, said: “We are so pleased that the members took time out from their reunion to come and visit us here at the hospice. We are extremely proud and honoured to welcome the members of the association and it was lovely to see them at the weekend.

“It’s so comforting to know there are people like this who really care about the work we do with children and their families.  We support more than 200 children and young adults a year with life shortening conditions, so we are very grateful for all of the generous donations to help us keep doors open.”

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