Sheffield United Football Club have named Jake Wright as their new ambassador for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.
The defender visited Bluebell Wood’s hospice in North Anston. Spending time with the children, their families and the care team.
Jake said: “It’s the first time I’ve been to this hospice; it’s an amazing place. When I heard that I had the chance to become an ambassador for Bluebell Wood I wanted to do it. I met all the staff and some of the families and you can see how happy they are and how happy the children are here.”
The Sheffield United player put himself forward for the position, saying his own two children were reminders to him of how important it was to support children with life-shortening conditions and their families.
The footballer also supports the charity ‘Thinking of Oscar’ in Oxford, and is keen to play a similar role for Bluebell Wood after moving to Sheffield United in the summer.
Jake explains, “Sheffield United do as much as they can as players and staff to make everyone aware of Bluebell Wood. It’s a brilliant place but it needs donations to keep going and to keep looking after children and supporting families. So if we can let as many people as we can know about it, and raise as much money as we can, then they can keep doing the amazing stuff they do here.”
Bluebell Wood supports children with complex medical conditions and a shortened life expectancy. The charity needs to raise over £4m a year to keep its doors open and receives less than 10% government funding.
Gail Parkin, Bluebell Wood Community Fundraiser, said: “We’re proud of our long standing links with Sheffield United. They’re hugely supportive of our work and very accommodating when it comes to fundraising.
“We’re really looking forward to making Saturday 19th November ‘Bluebell Wood Day’ at Bramall Lane and the club have been incredibly helpful in making that happen.”