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‘Living with Love and Laughter’

Toby Perkins MP visited the inspirational Bluebell Wood children’s hospice today to see how children and families are supported through the traumatic and heartbreaking experience of caring for and coping with the loss of a sick child.

Toby said: “I cannot imagine a more difficult thing to go through than having to come to terms with or face the death of a child.  I was inspired by the vision and whole family ethos of Bluebell Wood, where staff work tirelessly to give the emotional, nursing and care support a family need as they go through terrible trauma”.

Emma Vizor, fund raiser for Bluebell Wood said: “When children are so ill the time left to them should be memorable and full of ‘love and laughter’ and this is what we hope to provide at Bluebell Wood.  By taking an holistic approach we can cater for the health and well being of the child as well as help to build positive memories for siblings, parents and the wider family alike”.

Bluebell Wood needs to raise £3 million a year, to meet its running costs.  This comes from charitable donations by individuals or businesses, fund raising and the revenues produced by Bluebell Wood charity shops.

During the tour Toby learnt that Bluebell Wood currently supports about 160 families, but that they have the capacity to support more.  There are an estimated 500 families in the catchment area that may benefit from this type of support and the hospice is working hard to reach them.

Toby said “Bluebell Wood do an invaluable job for families across the north midlands and I would strongly suggest anyone interested in supporting the unit gets in touch with Bluebell Wood immediately.  It was an inspiration and I would urge any parent in this situation, who may have doubts about the value of hospice care for their child to come and see firsthand the light, the love and the laughter ”

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I am Toby Perkins, Labour's Member of Parliament for Chesterfield. If you would like to get in touch with me, my office is open and can be reached by phone on 01246 386 286. I also hold regular surgeries so that constituents can meet me and I can take up their concerns. If you would like to make an appointment then please do contact my office. Thank you for visiting.

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