80 ladies converged on the Sitwell Arms Hotel in Renishaw for Bluebell Wood’s annual Ladies Lunch on Saturday, 19th March. This year’s lunch, on the theme of Oh I do like to be beside the seaside, raised more than £1,300 for the local children’s hospice.
Diners enjoyed a delicious three course meal and were entertained by renowned speaker Mary De Ville and the 40s sounds of the Lah Di Dah Ladies vintage singing group.
Carol Sayers and Rosemary Rycroft of Dronfield Blue Belles were key to the event’s success, inviting ladies’ groups from across South Yorkshire and Derbyshire, running the glitter raffle and acting as Bluebell hosts on the day. Bluebell Wood, based in North Anston, has a highly specialised care team, offering care and support to children with complex medical needs and a shortened life expectancy.
Joanne Oldfield, hotel managing director of the Sitwell, said she loved every minute of preparing for the event and that knowing the proceeds were going to such a vital cause was important. She said: “Anyone who has children really knows the value of such a wonderful place as Bluebell Wood so it’s a pleasure to be involved.”
Russell Hall, Fundraiser at Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, said: “We provide specialist care and support for more than 250 children and their families, both in our hospice and in the community. We’re extremely lucky to have so much support from people like Joanne at the Sitwell and the Dronfield Blue Belles, who raise awareness of the work of our hospice, which is filled with love and laughter.
“It costs £4m a year to keep our doors open and we receive less than 10% of that from government funding. Every penny raised makes a huge positive difference and I’d like to thank Joanne, Carol, Rosemary and all the ladies who lunched for their fabulous support.”
For more information about Bluebell Wood or to sign up to an event, visit www.bluebellwood.org.