EX-MILLER Will Vaulks has vowed to maintain his links with Bluebell Wood — despite his 200-mile move to Cardiff City.
Back-flipping midfielder Will (25) began volunteering at the North Anston children’s hospice after a visit with RUFC teammates and an appeal from the charity in 2016.
And after becoming a Bluebird this summer, he pledged to keep on supporting Bluebell Wood.
“I was very sad to leave the Millers and my life in Rotherham,” said Will, pictured above at the hospice. “But my move to Cardiff is a massively life-changing opportunity.
“I am determined to keep supporting the children’s hospice any way I can. Bluebell Wood will always be in my heart.
“I felt like part of the team and am determined to keep in touch with some really special people I met, in particular two youngsters whose brothers and sisters receive hospice care.”
Will, who became a hospice ambassador in 2018, is heavily involved in Bluebell Wood’s Auction of Promises evening at New York Stadium.
The event on November 7 will see a range of prizes and experiences up for grabs in return for the highest donations.
Will revealed: “I have a few special items and personal pledges lined up for the bidders.”
His hospice days were spent doing everything from playing with the children to admin work and Will’s dedication saw him named this year’s PFA Player in the Community.
“The award meant a lot, but mainly I wanted that limelight to go to Bluebell Wood,” said Will.
“What I have given is nothing in comparison to what it gives to families going through very difficult times.
“Football is so competitive and you think the end of the world is not being in the team on a Saturday.
“Then you go into the hospice and see what other people are going through.
“You meet children who battle life-threatening illnesses every day and parents facing bereavement with such dignity. It puts life into perspective.”
Bluebell Wood head of communications Madeleine Oldale said: “We wish Will every success as his footballing career ascends and I know many of our staff and families will be following his progress.
“The fact that he is determined to continue to support us speaks volumes about what an exceptional young man he is off the pitch, too.
“We are so grateful to him for the time and energy he has given us, and for being such a brilliant role model for our children and young people. We are looking forward to working with Will in the future."
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