Why Jacob’s family can’t wait to get back to Bluebell Wood

Why Jacob’s family can’t wait to get back to Bluebell Wood

By Admin | 17/04/2020

Why Jacob’s family can’t wait to get back to Bluebell Wood


CHEEKY Jacob White has gone through more in his eight years than most will in a lifetime — and he can’t wait to be back at Bluebell Wood.

The youngster, from Maltby, suffered a massive bleed on the brain at birth and endured heart problems and chronic lung disease.

Doctors told parents Kerry and Jason that Jacob would not survive long but he has continued to defy expectations — including when he carried on breathing after his life support was switched off in 2012.

And the family is desperate to get back to their “home from home” at Bluebell Wood and see Jacob running rings around the children’s hospice care team again.

Mum Kerry said: “We’re now in our fifth week in total lockdown.

“We’ve really not been anywhere at all.

“We’re doing everything we can to keep him safe, and we’ll keep doing it for as long as it takes.

“For obvious reasons, I’ve been really worried about him, but we’re starting to feel a bit more comfortable about the situation now.

“We know it will come to an end at some point, and we’re very

Image Pledge1.jpgmuch looking forward to visiting Bluebell Wood to visit everyone when it’s safe to do so.”

She added: “Jacob loves it and is so happy there, and we love being there together as a family too.

“Something as simple as taking a walk around the gardens while Jacob plays seems like a dream right now, but I know we’ll get there.”

The family is backing Bluebell Wood’s #LetsPledge campaign, which recognises that many will struggle to support charities amid current uncertainty.

The charity, which stands to lose millions of pounds in donations, is asking people to commit to helping with donations or fundraisers — only when the time is right.

In return, Bluebell Wood is pledging to do whatever it can in return, including supporting the NHS continuing to care for some of the most vulnerable children and adults in our communities.

Sam Wood, Bluebell Wood’s head of fundraising, said: “I’m incredibly proud that we’re doing all we can to support local families who need our help more than ever.

“This comes at a significant cost, and our ability to fundraise for our lifeline work has been hit dramatically by the pandemic.

“However, we recognise that so many of us are struggling right now and facing a very uncertain future.

“That’s why we want to make it clear that we don’t want our wonderful supporters to give what they cannot afford.

“Instead we’re asking our supporters simply for a pledge of support, something that can be undertaken when they feel comfortable enough to do so.”

Suggestions for pledges include gathering donations for when the charity shops reopen or committing to challenges like runs or skydives.

“Any pledges, no matter how big or small, will make a huge difference,” said Sam.

“At Bluebell Wood we’ll be the light at the end of the tunnel for so many families ...but we’ll need your help to do it.”

Visit www.bluebellwood.org/letspledge or call 01909 517360 to get involved.

* BLUEBELL Wood welcomed the Government’s announcement of £200 million to keep hospices across the UK running during the lockdown.

Simon Hills, chief executive of the North Anston charity, said: “Bluebell Wood and hospices across the UK are on the frontline in providing this vital care and support, as well as supporting our NHS colleagues to alleviate the unprecedented pressures they are facing.

“We are very pleased that this has now been recognised by the Government, as well as the dramatic impact the crisis has had on our ability to raise funds to support our lifeline work.

“As a charity, we rely on the generosity of our amazing supporters and the communities we are a part of, but we know that, faced with such uncertainty, many are not able to support us in the ways they ordinarily would.”

Mr Hills thanked his “incredible” care team for their bravery and dedication in response to the crisis.


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