Become a major donor for Acorns

At Acorns we rely heavily on our network of philanthropists. Our supporters are an incredible group of people who help to make a vital and meaningful difference to our work, helping us continue to care for life limited or life threatened children and support their families. 

Our philanthropy team work closely with our supporters to offer a tailored relationship to find projects and activities that inspire and engage individuals to support our work.

We appreciate every donation, big or small, but by making a major gift you can make a real and lasting impact, one which enables us to plan ahead and provide the best possible care for our children and families whatever future challenges we may face.

“If there was no Acorns, it isn’t just my son that would miss out, it would be the whole family. They support all of us.”

-Acorns parent

Child enjoying an event at Acorns for the Three Counties

What can I expect as a major donor?

At Acorns we take great care to build long-term, meaningful relationships with our supporters. Their support is unique, dependent upon their capacity to give and their motivation and drive to support us. From the moment you contact us, our dedicated philanthropy team will work closely with you so that we can discuss our work and align specific projects and areas of our work with your individual interests. Whether you are a private individual, family, office, Trust or Foundation we have a wide range of projects to fund which we can happily discuss with you. We will keep you updated on how projects are progressing and welcome you to visit our hospices to see first-hand how your gift is making a difference to our vital work.

Child and father enjoying arts and crafts at Acorns in the Black Country

Our promise to you

  • We will provide you with regular updates about the aspects of our work that interest you
  • You will be welcome to visit your chosen hospice on a regular basis, to see first-hand the difference your support is making
  • We will thank you in a way that works best for you
  • We will listen, we welcome your honest feedback and will try our utmost to support your wishes
  • We will invite you to exclusive Acorns events throughout the year
  • We will make sure your donation has the maximum impact.

Michael’s story

When Michael was young, he had a sister, Elizabeth, who had a profound life limiting condition. Elizabeth’s life limiting illness meant that she was unable to walk, talk or feed herself. There were no children’s hospices at that time, meaning that there was no offer of additional support for Michael’s family. As a result, Michael’s mum was the sole carer for Elizabeth.

Michael’s experience motivated him to get in touch with Acorns and following a tour of our Birmingham hospice he expressed a particular interest in our sibling and Outreach work (which supports children and their families at home). Acorns philanthropy team worked closely with the care team to outline two proposals to match Michael’s areas of interest, and Michael soon decided that Outreach was the area he most wanted to fund.

Several months after his initial contact, Michael visited the hospice again, speaking with Acorns Chief Executive, the Director of Care Services, an Outreach Nurse and a member of the philanthropy team. Feeling satisfied that his money would be well spent delivering Outreach services across the whole of Birmingham, Michael decided there and then to commit to a 3-year funding project.

As one of our generous philanthropists, Michael now receives regular updates and reports on how his money is being spent, and he is invited to the hospice at regular intervals.

“For me, Acorns gives me the chance to relax which is everything for a carer, it helps give you the strength to carry on.”

-Emma, Stephanie’s Mum

Acorns child and mum

Make your donation go further with Gift Aid

You are probably aware of the Gift Aid scheme. However, Gift Aid only applies to the basic rate of tax (20%). If you’re a higher rate income tax payer (40% or 50%), you can reclaim the difference between the basic rate of tax and the highest rate of tax you have paid after making a charitable donation, increasing the value of the donation even further. For example, a donation of £10,000 from you could potentially be worth as much as £15,625 to Acorns. Acorns also welcomes the donation of shares.

Interested in supporting us?

For an informal discussion on how to become a philanthropist for Acorns, please contact our friendly Philanthropy team on 01564 825 037 or email

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