Happy Birthday Acorns! Midlands Charity Reaches Official 30th Birthday Milestone

HAPPY BIRTHDAY ACORNS! Acorns Children’s Hospice is celebrating its 30th birthday today (Friday 14 December).

It is exactly 30 years to the day that Acorns Children’s Hospice was officially opened by Diana Princess of Wales on 14 December 1988.

When the Royal visitor opened the hospice to children and families in 1988, Acorns was only the third children’s hospice in the world.

Now, the charity has grown to be the largest children’s hospice in the UK, operating three hospices based in Birmingham, Walsall and Worcester.

Acorns Chief Executive, Toby Porter, said: “We are so proud to have reached such a significant milestone. Whilst we’ve seen lots of changes over the years, what is absolutely the same is our ethos of providing care, support, joy and laughter for children and families and that will remain as we look to our future.

“We wouldn’t be here without the support of our wonderful communities and the dedication of our remarkable staff and volunteers. They have all been instrumental in empowering Acorns over the last three decades and with their continued support we can reach even more children and families over the next 30 years and beyond.”

Acorns provides specialist palliative care to children and young people with life limiting and life threatening conditions, as well as support for their families.

In the past year, Acorns has cared for more than 870 children and supported over 1,140 families, including those who are bereaved.

To support the work of Acorns this Christmas, please visit www.acorns.org.uk/donate

Facts and Figures, Acorns Children’s Hospice

The first Acorns Children’s Hospice is opened in Birmingham on 14 December 1988 by HRH Diana Princess of Wales.

Acorns in the Black Country, based in Walsall, opens in 1999.

Acorns for the Three Counties, based in Worcester, opens in 2005

Acorns becomes the first UK charity to have its name appear on the shirt of a Premiership football club, in 2008, as part of a far-reaching partnership with Aston Villa.

HRH the Duke of Cambridge visits the Acorns Children’s Hospice in Birmingham in September 2018, to make the 30th anniversary of the charity opened by his late mother in 1988.

Acorns employs 400 staff and has a loyal army of more than 1,600 volunteers – 1,000 of which can be found giving their time and talents in the charity’s network of retail shops.

Acorns is one of the largest children’s charity retailers in the Midlands with over 50 shops and an eBay marketplace

In the past year Acorns has cared for over 870 children and more than 1,100 families.

Acorns is currently supporting:
– Over 270 children and around 360 families at Acorns in Birmingham
– Over 230 children and over 320 families at Acorns in the Black Country
– Over 210 children and more than 300 families at Acorns for the Three Counties

On average 16 new children and families are referred to the charity every month and this number is growing.

39% of families using Acorns are from ethnic backgrounds including Muslim, Sikh, Hindu and Jain backgrounds

It costs £10 million a year to run Acorns vital services at its three hospices, based in Selly Oak, Walsall and Worcester, and in the community. The bulk of this money comes from fundraising.

The wide range of services, treatments and therapies provided to children and their families are given due to the incredible generosity of our supporters. Only 35% of the funds we need to provide our care comes from the NHS.

Photo caption: Selection of archive images. Captions in supporting document.

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For more information or for interview, photograph or filming opportunities, contact the PR and Communications team:

David Chamberlain: 01564 825020 / 07817 612422 / david.chamberlain@acorns.org.uk
Nicki Robinson: 01564 825062 / 07814 302153 / nicki.robinson@acorns.org.uk

Notes 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’. 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.

• This year Acorns is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Acorns in Birmingham, Selly Oak was opened in 1988 by HRH Diana, Princess of Wales. Acorns in the Black Country, Walsall opened in 1999 and Acorns for the Three Counties, Worcester opened in 2005. To find out more visit www.acorns.org.uk/30years

• Acorns is currently the UK and the world’s largest children’s hospice charity, as measured by the number of children it is helping to care for.

• It costs nearly £10 million a year to run Acorns services providing care for children and support for their families. The charity relies heavily on donations to fund the majority of its activities.

• To find out more about Acorns, please visit www.acorns.org.uk