Shining a light on hospice charity

Leona Mcmillan and her parents Jayne and Lee.

Leona Mcmillan and her parents Jayne and Lee.

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A South Yorkshire children’s hospice is urging members of the public to shout out loud today about how great the organisation is to help mark Local Charities Day.

Staff at Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice in North Anston want people to put the charity in the spotlight by using the hashtag #LocalCharitiesDay and tagging @BluebellWoodCH on Twitter. It is all part of Local Charities Day, which aims to shine a light on the great work being done by good causes up and down the country.

One family happy to speak about how great the hospice staff are is Leona Mcmillan and her parents Jayne and Lee.

Sheffield girl Leona has a rare genetic condition, which she shares with two of her siblings, and this affects her speech and mobility, and causes pancreatitis.

The family first came to Bluebell Wood in 2014, after Leona had undergone nine operations in a single year.

Mum Jayne said: “Leona has had so much thrown at her. She’s such a little fighter though – she bounces back each and every time something new is thrown at her. She’s inspirational.

“After months of staying on hospital wards, walking into Bluebell Wood was just like heaven; it felt like such a happy, relaxing place – like we were walking into one big, supportive family.

“Respite at Bluebell Wood means that myself and Lee are able to come and go for the weekend.

It’s great to know that Leona is in caring hands and can be pampered while we have a break.”