Staff and management at the Meadowhall Shopping Centre have announced the that centre has raised £128,000 for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospital.
From a spectacular abseil down the central dome to a charity single by folk singer Kate Rusby, every penny raised in a two-year partnership between Meadowhall and Bluebell Wood has now been counted and presented to the North Anston-based hospice.
Meadowhall chose the charity, which supports families facing the toughest of times across South Yorkshire, north Derbyshire, north Nottinghamshire and parts of north Lincolnshire, as its charity of the year for 2016-17.
Over that time, funds were raised at the regional shopping centre through monthly mall activities, Christmas concerts, Supercar Experience events, the Meadowhall Retail Awards and more.
Darren Pearce, Meadowhall’s centre director, visited Bluebell Wood to officially celebrate the final total and present the cheque to the hospice on behalf of everyone at Meadowhall.
He said: “We’re absolutely delighted that the incredible efforts of everyone at Meadowhall, our retailers, shoppers, partners and colleagues, have helped to raise this fantastic amount for Bluebell Wood.
“It’s hugely important to us as a premium fashion and lifestyle destination to give something back to worthwhile causes across our region, and in its support of families in their hour of need and Bluebell Wood certainly fits the bill.
“We’re all really pleased that this two-year relationship has proved to be so successful.”
Rachael Dawes, community fundraising manager at Bluebell Wood, added: “We’d like to say a huge thank you to Meadowhall and every single person who played their part in helping to raise this amazing total.
“This money will make all the difference to the children and young adults we support and help them enjoy so many things, from arts and crafts and music to movie nights and trips out.
“It will also support our families during the toughest of times, with services such as counselling and end of life treatment and care.”
Bluebell Wood is currently supporting around 250 families at both the hospice and in family homes, providing bespoke treatment to each family.
It costs more than £4 million a year to keep the hospice’s doors open.
For more ideas to help Bluebell Wood support 250 children and young adults with life shortening and life-threatening conditions each year visit www.bluebellwood.org