Life’s just one long merry-go-round of love for Bluey the rocking horse…

The handsome steed was hand-made for Bluebell Wood Hospice seven years ago by supporters Eric and Wendy Frith.

He caused quite a stir when he went on sale in the window of one of the hospice’s charity shops, and was soon snapped up for a sizeable sum by Derbyshire grandmother Diana Kenning.

He became the star attraction with her six grandchildren when they visited. But Bluey is truly the gift that keeps on giving.

Now all but one of her grandchildren have outgrown him, and Diana is about to move house, she has donated Bluey back to the hospice.

Its eBay team are hoping to find him a new home. The hand-carved stallion with flowing mane and tail has been listed for sale for £225, or best offer. 

“The hospice is delighted Bluey has rocked up with us again. We have listed him and hope to find him another loving home. This could well be the second time Bluey brings another sizeable sum galloping to us,” said Sue Brown from the hospice’s eBay team.

Bluey’s owner Diana, of Bakewell, recalled falling for him when she saw him in the Bluebell Wood charity shop years ago.

“He was made with love, which I have great respect for, and he has been loved,” said Diana.

“All my grandchildren have played with him over the years when they visited from their homes in Scotland, Lincolnshire and Hertfordshire. The girls used to plait his mane and tail with ribbons.”

She added: “When I bought him I said I wanted to give him back to the hospice one day, and that time has come. The children were sad to see him go but they’re very happy he’s  going to raise funds to help other children.”

It costs over £4m each to year to run Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice. All gifts, no matter how big or small, play an important role in supporting the charity’s work with children and young people with life-shortening illnesses. 

Sue Brown said: “The kindness of supporters like Eric and Wendy Frith, who made Bluey on our behalf, ensures the families we support can continue to make special memories in the time they have together.

“Sadly we have lost touch with Eric and Wendy. If anyone can put us in touch with them, we would love to let them know he has trotted back to us.“

Bluey is currently on display in the foyer at the hospice on Cramfit Road and potential buyers are welcome to pop in to take a look at him. Delivery within a 10mile radius is free.