Footballers from two South Yorkshire teams have visited Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, where they met children, young adults and their families.
Both Rotherham United and Sheffield Wednesday visited the North Anston hospice; greeting children of all ages and their families. They also had a tour of the facilities at Bluebell Wood, including the cinema room, newly extended and refurbished messy play room, lounge area and soft play area.
The hospice is currently supporting around 250 families across South Yorkshire, North Derbyshire, North Nottinghamshire and parts of Lincolnshire. The players also donated Christmas presents for the children to enjoy.
Claire Rintoul, Chief Executive at Bluebell Wood, said: “Thanks so much to all of the players and the teams for coming to visit us over the festive period. Our children, young adults and their families love moments like this and it’s amazing to see their faces light up with all of the activities and experiences we can provide and organise.
“We are here to provide specialist support to families facing tough times, so it’s great to be able to fill our hospice with even more love and laughter at this time of year.”
Sheffield Wednesday club captain Glenn Loovens said: “It’s always a pleasure to visit Bluebell Wood and see everyone there. It’s fantastic to visit at any time of year but especially at Christmas. The children are always really pleased to see us and that’s a great feeling for us.”
Rotherham player Stephen Kelly said: “The facilities here are just brilliant, Bluebell Wood is lovely; the children clearly love it and it’s phenomenal to think these facilities are provided through a charity. It’s been an overwhelming visit but great to come along and meet the children and families.”