We know that Christmas can be a time when families feel the absence of a loved one the most. By choosing to celebrate your star with Acorns Children’s Hospice you can give them a special place in your celebrations and make their memory light up the festive season at our hospice and in your own home.
When you make a donation and celebrate your star we’ll hang a special decoration on the Christmas tree at your nearest Acorns Children’s Hospice, letting the cherished memory of your loved one shine over those who’ll be using the hospice during the festive season. As part of your dedication, you’ll also receive your own star to hang on your tree at home.
Your gift to remember someone special will help give the children and families who use Acorns, magical moments throughout Christmas and into the New Year.
Lily-Mai Bishop and her family were supported by Acorns throughout her four-year fight with a brain tumor. The seven-year-old spent her final days at the charity’s hospice in Worcester, Acorns for the Three Counties – one of her ‘favourite places’.
Since Lily-Mai’s passing, her family have dedicated their time to ensure her memory lives on by raising money for Acorns to ensure its vital care and support is available for every child and family that needs it.
Liz said: “I can’t thank Acorns enough for all their love and support during that time and afterwards. It was hard, obviously, I’d lost my child. But I didn’t have to worry about having a cry because I had to be strong for everyone or trying to be strong because I had Acorns supporting me and my family. If we didn’t have Acorns as part of our lives at that time, circumstances would have been very different. They were literally our family, our support network, and still are to this day.”
Lily-Mai’s mum Liz will be among those remembering someone special as part of Acorns ‘Celebrate Your Star’ campaign. “So many people rely on Acorns valuable support, not just the parents and the child, but the whole family. Acorns went above and beyond for my family – it was a home from home, where I knew Lily was safe and happy.
“Celebrating your stars is an easy way to support Acorns this Christmas and help families like mine get the support they need.”
As part of this year’s campaign we will be holding our first Celebrate Your Star event in Bournville, where we’ll come together to celebrate every star who is being remembered for Acorns this Christmas.
The event, held on Saturday 4th December at Bournville Quaker Meeting House is currently at full capacity, but if you would like to express your interest in being added to the event waiting list please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the number of guests you would like to bring along. Any tickets which are made available will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
Last Christmas was unusual for everyone and at Acorns Children’s Hospice, it was no different. Many of the children and families who would normally spend time with us over the festive period had to celebrate on their own at home while shielding. And our usual celebrations were limited with none of the usual visits from local sports teams and well-wishing fundraisers allowed.
Although most of us can look forward to this Christmas as a chance to make up for lost time, sadly many families who use Acorns don’t have that luxury. When your child has a life limiting condition, every moment together counts.
That’s why choosing to celebrate your star is one of the greatest gifts you can give to Acorns this Christmas. Your generous donation will help create magical moments for children using Acorns services and cherished memories that will stay with their families forever.
By giving a gift to remember your loved one you’ll be helping our incredible staff to do just that, making every moment count for children with life limiting or life threatening conditions.