Families from across the region who have been helped by Bluebell Wood during the toughest times of their lives have helped launch our ‘Light up a Life’ appeal for Christmas. 

Ella Coutie and Ryan Jones from Sheffield, Amanda Steele and Steve Morley from Barnsley, Maxine and Mark Strong from Doncaster, Joanne and Jonathan Tennick from Rotherham and Kelly Williams from Worksop are asking people to dedicate a snowflake to the memory of a loved one and help families supported by Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.

Ella and Ryan's daughter Lily passed away at Bluebell Wood in February 2017 at just four months old, after being born with a rare heart condition. Ella and Ryan call the hospice their lifeline and they still visit with their son, Oliver. 

Ella said: “Bluebell Wood was one of the happiest places we came with Lily. That’s why I’d like everyone to join us in taking part in Light up a Life. It’s a really special way to remember your loved ones, while making a difference to families like ours when they’re going through tough times.” 

Kelly’s daughter Ruby was a cheeky, happy girl who loved Peppa Pig, playing with other children, and going outside on windy, rainy days. Sadly, after being diagnosed with a severe form of Niemann-Pick disease, Ruby stopped being able to move, sit and swallow, and in April 2017 she passed away at Bluebell Wood at just three years old.

Kelly said: “Ruby became really sick in March 2017 and she ended up in hospital. During an operation to fit a feeding line, she ended up catching an infection, which caused severe Chron’s Disease. There was no way of feeding her, and we could tell she was really weak and distressed. That’s when we decided to come to the hospice and spend our last few weeks together with Ruby. 

“I can’t explain how thankful I am to the staff at Bluebell Wood for everything they did, especially in those last few weeks. They made Ruby’s all-too short life so memorable and happy, and without them, it would have been so different."

Everyone buying a snowflake at www.bluebellwood.org/light2018  will be able to see his or her twinkling snowflake in a virtual sky, and receive a special limited edition glittering purple snowflake decoration to hang on their Christmas tree.  

To dedicate a snowflake in memory of a loved one visit www.bluebellwood.org/light2018.