Parents plan comedy night in Sheffield to raise cash for hospice

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Grieving parents of a teenager from Sheffield who died from cancer are turning tears into laughter to raise cash for the hospice where she spent her last days.

Steve and Jane Knight, of Rose Avenue, Beighton, have organised a ‘Rock with Laughter’ comedy night for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, where their daughter Emma was cared for as she battled a brain tumour.

Emma was diagnosed with the tumour when she was nine years old and battled the condition for four years.

The former Brookhouse School pupil also developed diabetes, lost her sight and then suffered a stroke which robbed her of the ability to walk or talk.

Since she died in 2008 her parents have raised almost £50,000 for the hospice by staging comedy nights at Beighton Welfare Club.

The next event is to be held on Saturday, November 28 at 7.30pm, with tickets costing £10.

Steve said he wants to help the hospice help other families.

“Although losing Emma was devastating beyond words for us, we know that she could not have received better care anywhere,” he added.

“We will always have happy memories of her being at Bluebell Wood and the support that we got from them, helped us to live through the darkest and saddest moments of our lives.”

His wife, Jane, added: “Bluebell Wood made a huge difference and helped us enormously. Staging these events to raise funding is just our way of giving something back in return for the amazing support we received.”

Tickets are available by calling the Beighton Welfare on 01142 699802 or Steve on 07552 150331.