Louis Tomlinson met Harrison at Bluebell Wood when he visited the hospice in 2014 on the same day as his professional football debut for Doncaster Rovers’ reserve side.
“Harrison’s story is remarkable. It was inspirational meeting him and his family,” said Louis ,“I can’t think how difficult it must have been for them. Bluebell Wood is a fantastic place that helps so many children and I’m honoured to be their patron and help raise money.”
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 their hospice in North Anston. There are only 43 children’s hospices in the country so they care for over 170 children from across South Yorkshire, North Derbyshire, North Nottinghamshire and parts of North Lincolnshire.
It costs over £3 million a year to provide this vital service to families in the region, and the hospice receives less than five per cent statutory funding.
The highly specialist care team looks after children with a vast range of complex medical needs and supports the whole family on their life journey offering respite care, day care provision, community support, crisis intervention and end of life treatment and care.
Sally Baker, from Kiveton Park, Sheffield, was given the honour of wearing the number one, at the 2014 colour run to raise funds for the hospice by patron Louis He had to turn down the opportunity to wear the race number, as he was on a world tour, so couldn’t attend, but wanted a member of Sally’s family to have it after hearing about her grandson’s miraculous survival story.