Rotherham Mayor Maggi Clark visited Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice to meet youngsters and their families being cared for.
She was given a tour of the hospice and its grounds in Dinnington and watched some therapy seesions, including sensory play, taking place.
Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice cares for more than 200 children with complex medical needs and life-shortening conditions and their families every year.
It costs £3 million a year to keep the hospice’s doors open.
Councillor Clark said: “We have been absolutely overwhelmed with the enthusiasm, love and support that Bluebell Wood has.
“It’s such a friendly, welcoming and open space which is full of life.”
Claire Rintoul, Chief Executive at Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, said: “It was lovely to welcome the Mayor and her Consort.
“It’s really important for us to ensure that people visit us and see that Bluebell Wood is filled with love and laughter; that the money our incredible communities raise really does make a huge difference.
“We are here to provide the very best specialist support for children and their families facing the toughest of times.”