Sheffield Blades deliver presents and Christmas cheer to children at Bluebell Wood

Christmas came early for children and families at Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice on Tuesday 13th December, when the Sheffield United team dropped by to deliver presents and spread festive cheer.

Sheffield United players and staff visit Bluebell Wood, Sheffield, United Kingdom, 13th December 2016. Photo by Glenn Ashley.

Players Caolan Lavery, Jake Wright, John Fleck, Aaron Ramsdale, David Brooks, along with Coach Darren Ward and Stadium Announcer Gary Sinclair, met children at the hospice and spent time signing autographs and donating Christmas gifts and football tickets for families to enjoy.

Bluebell Wood provides care and support for children and young adults with life-shortening and life-threatening conditions; and their families. This includes end of life care, short breaks, music therapy, counselling, sibling support, home visits and more.

Sheffield United players and staff visit Bluebell Wood, Sheffield, United Kingdom, 13th December 2016. Photo by Glenn Ashley.

Sheffield United have worked with Bluebell Wood for a number of years, and have supported the hospice through bucket collections, charity auctions, and their recent ‘Bluebell Wood Day’ at Bramall Lane on 19th November.

One of the Blades’ biggest fans is ten year old Theo Singh-Eyley, who was lucky enough to meet the footballers and pose for a photo with Caolan Lavery. Caolan said: “Theo is such a lively, happy boy. He’s such a nice kid and it was great speaking to him and his mum.”

Stadium Announcer, Gary Sinclair said: “It’s my first visit to Bluebell Wood and I’m so honoured to be here. You fall in love with the place the moment you walk in; the staff and children are amazing, it’s just great to see them smiling.”

Jake Wright, SUFC Ambassador for Bluebell Wood, added: “Christmas is a difficult time of year for families at Bluebell Wood, but the hospice is amazing for making the children so happy and giving parents to chance to relax. It really is an incredible place to be.”

Gail Parkin, Community Fundraiser for Sheffield, said: “We’d like to say a huge thank you to the Blades for making time to come and see us over the festive period.

“At Bluebell Wood we’re here to create special memories for our children and families, and we’re sure that everyone will remember Sheffield United’s visit for years to come.

“Sheffield United fans are some of the most dedicated in the country. We’re appealing to local supporters to see if they can give us the gift of time this Christmas, and volunteer with us at our hospice, or in our Sheffield shop on King Street.”

If you’d like to find out more about volunteering for Bluebell Wood please get in touch with us on 01909 517360.

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