Bluebell Wood staff's joy at trio of generous gestures

By Michael Upton | 19/10/2017

Bluebell Wood staff's joy at trio of generous gestures
Care team members Lee Bartrop and Charlotte Firth offering a big "thank you" to mystery supporters.

THE season of goodwill has arrived early for a children’s hospice with three separate random acts of kindness in just over a week.

It all started with an anonymous cash donation of £1,000 posted through the letterbox at Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice’s Rotherham shop door one weekend. 

This unexpected gesture delighted staff but left them scratching their heads on who to thank. 

Just a few days later, another £1,000 mystery cash donation arrived through the doors of the hospice in North Anston, with again no clues as to the identity of the person or people behind it.

On the same weekend, members of Bluebell Wood’s care team and three children they were taking out on a trip experienced a random act of kindness.

A couple at a nearby table paid for all six of their meals at Pizza Hut and then left before the group could thank them.

Charlotte Firth, Community Support Worker, Bluebell Wood, was one of the care team accompanying the children.

She said: “Throughout our meal there was the usual routine of laughter and out of the blue the waitress came to our table. 

“She said that the couple who had been sat just behind us and had left without saying anything had in fact paid for all six of our meals. We could not believe it! 

“We couldn't say it face to face but want to say a huge thank you to you both and the staff at Pizza Hut Sheffield Centertainment.”

Helen Mower, head of fundraising at Bluebell Wood: “All we can say is a huge thank you to the people behind these random acts of kindness. 

“These amazing anonymous gestures don’t happen every day but they are more than welcome. 

“Every one of these has really put a smile on all our faces and reminded us how many brilliant people there are out there. Every donation, whether it’s a cash gift or paying for a trip for our children and young adults, makes all the difference.”

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