VS Group go beyond the call

Maddy Oldale, Bluebell Wood and Kevin Penman, VS GroupA generous grant from VS Group, specialist provider of communications to the charity sector, means South Yorkshire’s only children’s hospice won’t have to pay any landline charges until July 2018.

Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice has been awarded an £8,000 grant by VS Group to cover the cost of all landline phone calls made at the North Anston charity between January 2017 and next summer.

The big-hearted donation follows a gift of ten handsets by VS Group last year, the company’s decision to make Bluebell Wood its’ charity of the month for August and managing director Kevin Penman training to climb Kilimanjaro to raise money for Bluebell Wood and other charities.

Rachael Dawes, Corporate Fundraising Manager, Bluebell Wood said: “We’re incredibly grateful to VS Group for their support. We make every penny count at Bluebell Wood and being able to save the cost of our landline charges will mean we can put more funding into supporting children and young adults with life-threatening and life-shortening conditions, here at the hospice and in family homes. We wish Kevin every bit of luck with the training for his mammoth climb and will be willing him on all the way.”

Kevin Penman, said: “We’ve been involved with Bluebell Wood for several years now and I have personally visited a number of times and met the wonderful staff.  My late mother was passionate about contributing to good causes, particularly those that help children and people less fortunate, and this has been passed onto me.  It’s something close to my heart and it’s a pleasure to be helping such a deserving charity”.

Jim Yelland, VS Group’s Head of Technical Engineering, said: “I worked on upgrading Bluebell Wood’s telephony system last year and the staff are incredible. As with all the charities we work with, we want to go above and beyond to assist them with the amazing work that they are doing and ensure they have the best possible experience.”

It costs more than £4 million each year for Bluebell Wood to keep its doors open to families across South Yorkshire, North Derbyshire, North Nottinghamshire and parts of North Lincolnshire and 90% has to be raised through fundraising.

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