Children’s hospice in South Yorkshire hopes to cash in on the sun

Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice in South Yorkshire hopes solar panels will save £200,000 in electricity bills - and help meet its £3 million-a-year running costs.

Craig West, who runs West Electrical Ltd, installed the panels on a new wing at the North-Anston based hospice and has pledged to donate £100 every time he installs panels for new customers when they mention the charity when they contact the firm.

He believes the panels will save the hospice £200,000 over 20 years.

Andy Drury, Facilities Manager at Bluebell Wood, said: “The new extension will enable us to generate our own electricity, saving a phenomenal amount – as well as receiving an annual income for the next 20 years.

“The money saved will be invested back into the hospice and our children, making unforgettable memories.

“Craig has been a great supporter of Bluebell Wood for many years now and offers us the very best prices. Bluebell Wood would like to say a special thank you to West Electrical for the second installation of solar panels.”

Craig said: “We are proud supporters of the Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, which is a much loved and respected charitable organisation. I try my best to support the hospice wherever and whenever I can.”

Bluebell Wood was set up in 2008 for children with life-limiting conditions.

It also offers support for parents and siblings.

The hospice receives just 10 per cent of its funding from the Government and relies on donations to meet the £3 million it costs to run the facility per year.

To offer support call 01909 517365.