Showstopping surprise for Bluebell Wood families

There was all-singing, all-dancing delight for families and volunteers from Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice when Retford Operatic Society treated them to a performance of well-loved musical Oliver at the town’s Majestic Theatre.

Retford Operatic Society has chosen the children’s hospice, which supports around 250 children and young adults with life-shortening and life-threatening conditions each year, as its charity for the duration of its run of Oliver in Retford.

Cast members, including the actors playing Mr Bumble, Nancy, Bill Sykes, the Artful Dodger and Oliver, met up with Bluebell Wood children Jack and Emma-Louise, who both receive care at the hospice which helps families from across North Nottinghamshire and the wider region.

Emma-Louise’s mum Nicola said: “Emma Louise told us she thought the show was ‘brilliant and awesome’. She thinks the show and the actors were really good. It was a great evening for lots of reasons, because it also gave us the chance to catch up with a few people we haven’t seen in a while.”

Melanie Rose, Community Fundraiser, Bluebell Wood, said: “It was a truly enjoyable evening and we’re immensely grateful to Retford Operatic Society for its thoughtfulness and kindness for giving us tickets to the show and for making Bluebell Wood its nominated charity for the production of Oliver.

“Bluebell Wood relies on community and corporate fundraising to generate 90% of the £4 million it needs just to keep its doors open each year, so support from groups such as the Operatic Society is hugely appreciated.”

To find out how you can start fundraising for Bluebell Wood visit Melanie’s community fundraising Facebook page or call her on 01909 517363.

For ideas on how to support Bluebell Wood and the children they care for, both at the hospice and in the community, please visit

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