Monday, August 3, 2015

News: Schools challenge raises thousands for Bluebell Wood

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Groups of enterprising primary school children across the region have turned initial investments of £100 into more than £8,500 as part of a charity challenge for Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice in Rotherham.

Nine classes from schools across Barnsley, Rotherham, Sheffield, Worksop and North Derbyshire took part in the first ever "Bluebell Big Thinkers" challenge. Similar to Rotherham Ready's successful Make £5 Blossom project and the international Tenner Tycoon competition, it has been sponsored by TSB and Provide Education, a leading teaching supply recruitment agency.

TSB provided personal business experts for each school, as well as the £100 to start fundraising. The classes challenged one another to fund raise the most money for Bluebell Wood and think of the most unique fundraising initiative.

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Pupils from Aston Hall Primary School in Rotherham were crowned the winners of the most unique fundraising idea. They designed their very own Bluebell Wood Magazine, which sponsors TSB, bought the very last copy of.

Mosborough Primary School received a trophy for the most money raised, handing over a cheque of £3,300 to the hospice.

Helen Mower, head of fundraising at Bluebell Wood, said: "It's been a fantastic journey for both the pupils and Bluebell Wood. It's great to have so many creative children involved.

"It's really important to us as a local charity to have such brilliant community involvement, especially from the next generation of Bluebell Wood supporters.

"The pupils have helped to make a huge positive difference for our children and families. Their fundraising activities will help us to continue making special memories for everyone we care and support and we are tremendously grateful."

Based at North Anston in Rotherham, Bluebell Wood provides care and support to families who have a child who has a life limiting condition and is not expected to live into adulthood. It has to raise over £3m each year to continue its work, and receives less than 10% statutory funding.

Dave Smith, Area Director of TSB, said: "It has been an absolute pleasure to support the local schools in aid of Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice. TSB is extremely proud of everyone's achievement – well done.

"Bluebell Wood is a wonderful charity providing amazing support for children and families; we are pleased to be supporting this inspiring challenge."

Bluebell Wood website

Images: Bluebell Wood / Facebook

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