Sheffield Wednesday stars lit up the night sky night at Bluebell Wood as the children’s hospice held its first ever lighting up ceremony.
Members of the public who donated to the Celebrate with Light appeal attended the ceremony along with staff, children and families who use the hospice.
All the invitees had donated a light to celebrate the lives of the children who use the hospice or to remember a loved one.
The lights were switched on by special guests Miguel Llera and Giles Coke who were accompanied by 16 year-old Katie Knight who sadly lost her sister Emma at Bluebell Wood in 2008.
As they pushed the button the hospice was transformed into a magical wonderland of light, created for its children and their families to enjoy over the festive period.
Midfielder Giles Coke said: “It was a great honour for Miguel and I to be asked to switch on the lights and it was lovely to see so many people at the ceremony.
“It was a very special evening and I hope the children enjoy the lights over Christmas as they look amazing.”
Claire Rintoul, Chief Executive at Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, added: “This was the first time we have ever lit up the hospice and it looks so beautiful I’m sure it will become an annual event.
“It was very moving when the lights were switched on and I felt honoured to be there along with so many generous supporters and our children and families and we’d like to thank everyone who donated to Celebrate with Light.”
All donations received are being used to develop the sensory garden which will stimulate the children’s senses and enhance the time they spend outside in the garden whilst at the hospice.