All aboard at Bluebell Wood

ALL aboard the Bluebell Wood train - a bright new addition to the children’s hospice, built by Rotherham College students.

The wheelchair-friendly play area was the idea of college tutor Neil Jones, who runs Working Change, a community project helping boost youngsters’ job chances through woodwork.

He said: “This project has given our students the chance to put their skills to practical use and create something fun and useful for the children and families at Bluebell Wood.

“We were able to buy all the tools through lottery funding, so only had to source the materials, design the play area and build it. 

“It’s the first time most of our students have taken on a project of this size and they’ve worked hard to create a fun experience for children and their families.”

Bluebell Wood community fundraiser Anna Gott said: “Our children love interesting, creative and adventurous play, so we’re really grateful to the students for building this amazing play area. 

“We know that they and their brothers and sisters will have many hours of fun on it, as it’s already proving very popular.

“We’re here to help families relax, have fun and spend precious time together and facilities like this help to make Bluebell Wood a place filled with love, fun and laughter.”

The students thanked Buildbase, Snows Timber, Willmott Dixon and Johnstone’s Paint for providing the materials for the train.