Chesterfield Borough councillor Steve Brunt, joined members of Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice’s Chesterfield Support Group, have joined together to launch a new, year long partnership between the charity and The Pavements Shopping Centre in Chesterfield.

 Councillor Brunt visited The Pavements on Friday 25 January along with Anne Moy and Brenda Day, who fundraise for Bluebell Wood through the hospice’s Chesterfield Support Group.

The centre will be supporting Bluebell Wood for the next year, and is planning a range of fundraising events to raise funds for the charity, which supports children and young adults with life-shortening and life-threatening conditions. One of the main events will be a charity fashion show, featuring clothing and accessories from stores in the centre, as well as from Bluebell Wood’s Chesterfield shop, located on 10 Packers Row, Chesterfield. 

Jan Clarke-Humphries, Centre Manager for The Pavements, said: “As a shopping centre in the heart of Chesterfield, we’re always looking for ways to give back to the community. For the past three years we have raised funds for Bluebell Wood through our annual Christmas display, and this year we have decided to do even more, and work with Bluebell Wood as our charity of the year for 2019. It’s the first time we’ve chosen a charity of the year, and we’ve got some big aspirations! Bluebell Wood do so much for Chesterfield families, so we can’t wait to give back.”

Steve Brunt, Chesterfield Borough Council’s cabinet member for town centres and visitor economy, said: “It was fantastic to be at The Pavements Shopping Centre and help launch this partnership with Bluebell Wood. The people of Chesterfield are so generous, and I know this partnership will raise a lot of money for this incredibly worthy cause.”

Lucy Rathbone, Community Fundraiser for Chesterfield and Derbyshire, said: “We are so pleased that The Pavements has chosen Bluebell Wood as its’ very first charity of the year. Our care team support families during the toughest of times, and this amazing work is all down to fundraising by local people. We hope that everyone visiting The Pavements this year will dig deep and give all their support to Bluebell Wood.”