Christmas is a time of giving. But today, will you give The Greatest Gift

by donating to the Acorns Christmas Appeal?

A time to create treasured memories

Christmas is a time to create cherished moments with those you love. That time as a family is often the Greatest Gift.

For a family with a life limited child, time is even more precious. For them, the Greatest Gift is Acorns.

The place which brings them together and, in that moment, focuses on relieving worries and building moments full of love and joy.

Alexus holding a picture of her twin sister, Natalie
Mike (Dad), Alexus, Natalie, and Sam (Mum)

Born too soon

“Our twin girls, Alexus and Natalie, were born at 23 weeks. When born that early a baby’s lungs are not fully developed so both girls had trouble breathing.

Alexus started to grow and get better, but Natalie was not responding to treatment. We were in the hospital for 5 months and had barely been able to hold Natalie.

It was when we received the devastating news that there was nothing more that could be done for Natalie that we were referred to Acorns.”

We were a family for the first time

“Being at Acorns made us feel safe. The nurses were there to help and gave us experiences that any new parents should have.

We had our first cuddles, gave our girls a bath, and even watched the New Year’s Eve fireworks.

Being there made us realise that what we were experiencing were the first feelings of being a family.

Acorns helped us capture as many memories as possible before Natalie finally, and peacefully, passed away in our arms.

There is nothing we wouldn’t give to have that week at Acorns again. We can’t thank them enough.”

– Mike, a thankful father and husband

Sam (Mum), Alexus, Mike (Dad), and new baby, Rachel

“Christmas is a time of year to focus on our children and family. Being able to give a family that time together, even if short, is priceless.

Creating memories for Mike and Sam and bringing them together as a family for the first time was The Greatest Gift.”

Julie, Family Team Worker

Give the Greatest Gift this Christmas


could provide hot meals for a family member this Christmas


could provide one hour of vital nursing care to a child on Christmas Day


could give parents the chance to stay in our family flat so they can be by their child’s side

If you have any questions about our appeal or would like to donate by phone, please call our Supporter Services team on 01564 825 037 during weekdays, 9 am – 5 pm.