It will be more about crafts and less about chocolate at Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice this Easter.
Although Easter eggs can be a tasty Spring gift for many people, Bluebell Wood – which cares for children and young adults with life-shortening and life-threatening conditions - is asking supporters to help choose crafts over chocolate eggs, because many of the children they support cannot eat them.
Diane Price, Activity Coordinator at Bluebell Wood, said: “We’re always overwhelmed by people’s generosity and kindness, but we need to be sure that we can put any donations to the best possible use. At Easter we often receive chocolate eggs, but sadly cannot give them to many of our children for health reasons. However our children have lots of fun making Easter crafts so if people could donate the price of an egg that would help us do more fun things like this.”
Six year old Evie-Mae is one of the children at Bluebell Wood who won’t be able to enjoy any chocolate this Easter. Evie-Mae has a rare chromosome disorder which means she can’t walk or talk and has to be fed directly into her veins. Mum Keeley said:
“When Evie-Mae was three years old her stomach and bowels stopped working properly and she had to start being fed directly into her veins. Evie-Mae relies on me for all her care needs so visiting Bluebell Wood means we can have a break and relax as a family. When she’s here, Evie-Mae loves playing in the sensory room and making arts and crafts with the Care Team.
“By donating just £3, the price of an Easter egg, to Bluebell Wood, you can help children like Evie-Mae enjoy Easter without the chocolate, by getting crafty in their messy play room and creating special memories they can treasure all year round.”
To find out how you can help Bluebell Wood to make more memories for the 250 children they care for, both in the community and at their hospice, please visit www.bluebellwood.org. You can also contact the fundraising team on 01909 517 365.