Doncaster set for a Night of Neon

Liam Dunne with Rob Jones.
Liam Dunne with Rob Jones.

An inspirational mum will set off a glowing fundraiser when she starts hundreds of walkers on their way for a Night of Neon next month.

Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice in North Anston will host its very first Night of Neon fundraising event, which will see hundreds of people wearing glowing items while walking a 2.1 mile walk in Doncaster.

Joanne Hobson, of Balby, whose 12-year-old son Liam Dunne spent his final days at Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, will start the walk and participate.

She said: “I am honoured to be able to do this in Liam’s memory, he was so full of life and very loving and caring, so it seems fitting to be able to take part and start people off.”

Liam Dunne was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma, a malignant form of cancer, in March 2010. Joanne and Liam’s stepdad, Andrew, set up Liam’s Warrior’s Trust, which has raised more than £12,000 for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.

“It’s going to be a really fun night, I am looking forward to seeing everyone’s glowing outfits. It’s so important to raise money for Bluebell Wood and I hope a lot of people can support Night of Neon to be able to help children and families who are dealing with serious or life-limiting illnesses.

“So many children need help and support at this difficult, demanding and very traumatic time in their lives,” said Joanne.

Registration for Bluebell Wood’s Night of Neon is now open, with tickets priced at just £5 each.

It is a 2.1 mile family friendly walk beginning at the Keepmoat Stadium at Doncaster’s Lakeside. Walkers are asked to don their best neon outfits, wear glow sticks and take to the walk from 6.30pm.

Tickets, which include a glow in the dark event wristband, are available at Events

Walkers are asked to tweet @BluebellWoodCH and use the event hashtag #BBWneon to get the glow started.

Jo Berry, Events Fundraiser at Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, said: “We are excited to be launching this new event in our fundraising calendar.

“Our Night of Neon is going to light up the night with lots of families wearing glow items to help us raise the vital funds we need to keep our hospice doors open. Thanks so much to Joanne for starting the walkers off in memory of Liam, it’s incredible to have her support.”

Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice offers care and support to children and young people with a shortened life expectancy, both in their own homes and at the hospice in North Anston. It costs more than £3m a year to run the hospice.