Your support helps us care for children and young adults whose lives are sadly just too short, both in their own homes and at our hospice in North Anston.
We believe that every family deserves to make magical memories with their child, whether they have years, months, weeks or days together.
Bluebell Wood is a home from home for families facing the toughest of times, with a comfy lounge and beautiful gardens.
Every day, we need to raise £11,000 to keep our doors open, and only around 10% of our funding is from the government. Everything else is paid for by the wonderful work that you do.
Please take some time out to read Brooke and Lillys story here, to understand who you're helping to support.
Curly's have donated free entries (available from 28th Feb 2020) so you can claim a FREE SPACE with a minimum commitment of just £75 of fundraising for Bluebell Wood Childrens Hospice and you'll get a Bluebell Wood running top! Get in touch here.
You can make a donation or fundraise online here.
Or download a fundraising form here.
The Doncaster Deaf Trust, now celebrating its 190th Anniversary, are delighted to share that they have been chosen by the Doncaster 10K race as a charity partner.
Alexis Johnson, executive principal of Doncaster Deaf Trust said: “We are extremely pleased to have been chosen as a charity partner for this year’s Doncaster 10k.
“Doncaster Deaf Trust is celebrating its 190th anniversary and our staff, pupils and students have been finding lots of different ways to mark the occasion. We are sure that we’ll get lots of support from our team for this event.
“Any runners who choose to support our inspirational students with their fundraising efforts will be helping us to develop a Wellbeing Room and fitness area. This area will enable our students to better express themselves through dance and fitness activities. The Wellbeing Room will also provide a dedicated space for students to talk about their individual wellbeing.
“Runners who choose to support us will be invited to the Trust to see the difference this new facility will make.”
Curly's have donated free entries (available from 28th Feb 2020) so you can claim a FREE SPACE with a minimum commitment of just £75 of fundraising for Doncaster Deaf Trust.
You can make a donation or fundraise online here.
Supporting us at the event will be the amazing staff and students from the Communication Specialist College as part of supporting the Doncaster Deaf Trust (the college is on the start line!)
So expect a cheerful greeting from the team at the water station just after half way!
The Bluebell Wood volunteers will once again be supporting your bag drop (with an optional £1 donation :) ) and will be around the finish area helping hand out medals, pies and cheering you in!
Jayden melts hearts wherever he goes with his cheeky smile and bubbly personality. The fearless youngster has been fighting life and death battles since day one, defying expectations every step of the way. Mum Sarah shares their story, explaining how Bluebell Wood has changed their lives:
“I was over the moon to be pregnant with Jayden, and it all started off well. But then at each scan we kept getting more bad news until doctors discovered he had a serious brain condition called Hydrocephalus.”
The devastating news was only the beginning, with doctors telling Sarah that Jayden might not survive birth.
“I felt completely numb, like the whole ground had just opened up and swallowed me. I didn’t know what to do.”
After a deeply worrying six-week stay in hospital, Sarah gave birth to Jayden. But her happiness was short-lived, with the new-born rushed to a Special Care Unit after doctors discovered a cleft palate and a dilated artery in his heart.
A further three weeks in hospital followed, the first of many heart-wrenching stays culminating in Jayden spending almost a year away from home.
“They didn’t think he’d make it to the age of three. Now the doctor says let’s get him to fifteen. Initially I was told he’d never talk, sit up or move around. He’s now verbal, sitting up on his own and bum-shuffling. He never fails to amaze me.”
The brave youngster continues to defy doctor’s expectations, surviving emergency heart surgery and various other operations, despite also being diagnosed with a rare life-limiting condition called Loeys-Dietz syndrome.
Meeting Jayden’s complex needs took its toll on Sarah, and a difficult period for the family led her to Bluebell Wood.
“It was daunting at first but once the care team explained the respite care on offer, I felt much more at ease.”
Since that first visit, she’s never looked back.
“Bluebell Wood has really changed my life – it’s made me a better person. It’s made such a difference to both of our lives.
“Jayden absolutely loves it. I ask him if he wants to go on holiday to Bluebell and he gets excited and shouts: holiday – Bluebell!
“I know he’s always in safe hands when he’s there. The only time I can truly relax and be myself is when we’re at Bluebell Wood. Before I was the only person who was really trained to care for him.”
Jayden, who likes nothing more than to play and sing, has found plenty to keep himself amused.
“He loves everything about Bluebell Wood. The staff are all absolutely brilliant with him and he’s always blowing them kisses. The staff there often say to me – he’s just so happy. He really has melted everyone’s heart.
“He really likes to play and sing too so he loves his music therapy session each week.”
For Sarah, it’s about making the most of every single moment they have together.
“He’s going to have a lot of questions when he’s older but I just want him to enjoy his life while he can, because you never know what’s around the corner.
“That’s what Bluebell Wood gives us, the chance to be ourselves and enjoy life.”
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