Over 230 people celebrated a very special anniversary when Bluebell Wood held its’ tenth birthday ball at Sheffield City Hall. 

Stilt walkers, fire-eaters, a magician, singing waiters and recording artist Luke Sabatino provided the entertainment, with the evening raising £16,000 in support of children and young adults whose lives are just too short.

Family members, supporters, volunteers and staff all dressed up in style to celebrate the ten years since the charity first opened its doors in 2008. 

Sydney Barlow, sister to one of the children supported by the hospice, enchanted the audience with amazing renditions of Rise Up by Andra Day, and Count on Me by Bruno Mars, backed with a photo montage of the children who use, and have used, the hospice. 

Jody and Ben Wigfull-Coy, who were supported by Bluebell Wood after their baby daughter Beau passed away, talked about their experience, and Gemma Kent, who has been a care team leader at Bluebell Wood since it opened, gave a moving talk of her ten-year journey, with lovely stories about some of the children the hospice has supported in that time.

Helen Mower, Head of Fundraising, Bluebell Wood, said: “It was a wonderful night and brilliant to see so many supporters of Bluebell Wood together in one place to celebrate the last ten years. We’d like to thank everyone who contributed to the evening, whether they bought a ticket, made a donation, provided fantastic entertainment or inspired guests with their personal story. 

“We’re only able to keep our doors open to families facing unimaginably tough times thanks to the incredible support and commitment of people across this region, and it was wonderful to get so many together to reflect on the work that Bluebell Wood does. Here’s to the next ten years and more.”