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A Leamington man has attended a special reception at Number 10 Downing Street in recognition of his charitable work in the region. 

Martin Banbury is founder of the Acorns Coventry Fundraising Group, a group of dedicated supporters who have been raising vital funds for Acorns Children’s Hospice for over 25 years. 

The visit to No.10 on Tuesday (29 March) accompanied by Acorns Chief Executive, Toby Porter and fellow Group member Nick Newbold, was organised as part of the Prime Minister’s recognition of West Midlands Civil Society. 

Martin, said: “It was a huge honour to attend this reception on the back of our longstanding fundraising efforts which have directly benefited the children and their families in Coventry and the surrounding areas. 

“Acorns offers such a vital service to help these families cope with the challenges they face every day, so we’re incredibly proud to share what we do in such a high profile setting.” 

Since 1990, the fundraising group has raised in excess of £800,000 towards the Acorns work caring for life limited and life threatened children and their families across the Midlands.

Commenting on the visit, Acorns Chief Executive, Toby Porter, said: “Martin and the fundraising group have worked tirelessly for many years to raise a significant amount for Acorns and the work we do. 

“The importance of his work, not only in monetary terms, but also in awareness raising, cannot be understated, and it is individuals like Martin we rely on to help continue our vital work.

“Being at Number 10 on the very day that Brexit was officially started and commemorations were taking place only a few hundred metres away on Westminster bridge, was a reminder that, at a time of uncertainty and division, it is people like Martin who represent the tremendous goodness and spirit that binds communities together.”

In the past year Acorns has provided care to more than 860 children and over 1,080 families, including those who are bereaved. 

For more information about Acorns and to donate, please visit


Acorns Children’s Hospice press information, please contact:
David Chamberlain, tel: 01564 825020 / 07817 612 422 /
Ben Mottram, tel: 01564 825063 / 07971 913 042 /

Note to editors:

Due to the sensitive nature of Acorns care services it refrains from using the words ‘terminal’ or ‘terminally ill’ in its press releases and public communications when describing the children who use Acorns and the conditions that they have. Instead, Acorns uses the words ‘life limited’, ‘life limiting’, or ‘life threatening’ – terms that are used by medical experts at the point of diagnosis of the child, and which are commonly used in the UK’s children’s hospice movement and paediatric palliative care communications. Acorns kindly requests that you respect this in your communications when referring to Acorns Children’s Hospice. Acorns children have a lot of living to do. Thank you.

Acorns provides babies, children and young people aged 0 – 18 years who have life limiting or life threatening conditions and associated complex needs with a network of specialist palliative nursing care and support. A holistic service meets the needs of both the children and young people and their families, including the bereaved. This includes short break provision; emergency and end of life care; therapeutic and psychosocial support; sibling services; and family support. A package of care is tailored for each individual child which includes their medical, emotional, cultural, religious and spiritual needs. This package is provided both in the hospice and a family’s home.

It costs £9.6 million a year to run our care services providing care for the child and support for families. Acorns relies heavily on the community to fund the majority of its activities. 

To find out more about Acorns, please visit

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