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Let’s get the Great Big Kids Party started!

The Acorns Great Big Kids Party (GBKP) returns for another year! It’s your chance to hold a party, big or small, have fun and raise money to help support local life limited or life threatened children and their families.

We’ve got lots of fun hints, tips and ideas to help make your party GREAT! Scroll down to order your free party pack and get the party started!



What is Acorns Great Big Kids Party?

The Great Big Kids Party is the perfect excuse to get your friends, family or colleagues together and behave like big kids for a good cause. Whether it’s retro fancy dress from your childhood era, an old school disco or recreating iconic children’s party games; acting like a big kid for Acorns will help support local children and families in need of specialist palliative care.

We provide care and support to life limited and life threatened children and their families.

The children and young people that we help are not expected to reach adulthood and require specialist care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In the last year Acorns has supported 865 children and 1,088 families, including those who are bereaved. Acorns provides a happy home-from-home environment for life limited children whilst being in the safe hands of our specialist care team. We also provide support for the whole family, including short breaks to give families much needed respite from round the clock caring and support groups for siblings, parents and grandparents

So whether you choose to hold your party at home, in the office, at school or on your local high street, join the party today.


How your party can help a child like Luca…

As you have fun partying, the money you raise will help us to bring fun and laughter to children in our hospices. When Luca visits Acorns he has the opportunity to do lots of things he enjoys like playing with musical instruments, spending time in our gardens and having a family splash session in our pool.

It is only with the generous support of people like you that we can continue to provide children like Luca with the chance to enjoy a wide range of activities whilst being safe in the hands of our specialist care team.

For every £1 we receive, the vast majority – two thirds – comes directly from the donations of supporters like you.





Great Big Kids Party ideas

Whether you are planning a small get together or an all-out extravaganza there are loads of ideas to get the party started!

See below to find out more about our favourite party ideas or click here to view our party hints and tips for more party themes.

Why not add some excitement to your summer BBQ and get budding chefs competing head to head? Let the crowd be the judges and vote for their BBQ king or queen. Alternatively take a trip down memory lane by bringing all your favourite childhood games to keep everyone entertained whilst the food is cooking. From splat the rat to twister or a bouncy castle, you can turn your BBQ into a full blown party.

Take a trip down memory lane and theme your party around a favourite decade where your guests can boogie in there outfits. A number of prizes can be given for the best dressed, most original or best home made costume, people who don’t dress up can be named ‘buzz-kill’ of the party. Favourite decade not your thing? Why not have a movie, sports or even a super hero theme? The possibilities are endless!

A cake sale is the perfect event to bring everyone together to enjoy delicious treats and lots of treats! For extra fun why not get budding bakers to compete? Let the crowd be the judges and vote for their ‘star baker’. You could have a number of prizes for the best tasting, design and most original.

Request your FREE party pack

Your FREE party pack includes:

  • Hints, tips and tricks – to aid your fundraising and make your party GREAT!
  • A poster – let everyone know where your party is
  • Invites – invite your family, friends and work colleagues
  • Make your own crown – make your own crowns you can download more if you need them
  • Bunting template – decorate your party
  • Sponsorship form – keep track of any donations with our handy form


Complete the form below to get your party started. Once done, we’ll get your fundraising pack out to you giving you everything you need to make your party great! Your details will be kept safe and secure in line with our Privacy Policy. You can unsubscribe or change your details at any time.

Don’t forget to pop to our shops to pick up items for your party. From clothes to games and DVDs to CDs you can bag a bargain at your local Acorns shop.

Click here to see where your nearest shop is located.

… now get Social!

“Spread the word” and let family, friends and colleagues know all about your Great Big Kids Party for Acorns!

Create a buzz on social media #GBKP!

  • Why not set up your party as an event of Facebook? it’s a great way to invite others and share photos afterwards.
  • Share your JustGiving fundraising page link with others
  • Download our social media resources below.

Awesome extras

Once you’ve joined the party we’ll send out your fundraising pack giving you everything you need to make your party awesome. However if you need any extras, simply click the downloadable resources below and print off at home.

Paying in your money

It couldn’t be simpler! Just click here to pay in your money with a debit or credit card – remember to select “Great Big Kids Party” from the “what are you donating for?” drop down box.

Alternatively if you’ve collected your party donations via:

Your JustGiving page
Asking people to text GBKP17 followed by the amount you wish to donate (e.g. GBKP175 to donate £5) to 70070
means the donations will come directly to Acorns!

Thank you for your support!

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