Thankful Mum and Son to Start Acorns Bubble Rush

A mum and son who received vital care and support from Acorns Children’s Hospice will start the charity’s foam-filled fundraising event this weekend.

Sarah Cook and her son Luke Tudge will sound the klaxon for Acorns Bubble Rush, which comes to Worcester Racecourse on Saturday 30 June.

Bubble Rush is being held to raise money for Acorns Children’s Hospice, towards the charity’s care for life limited and life threatened children and support for their families, across Worcestershire and the Three Counties.

Barbourne residents Sarah and Luke, who will be among the hundreds taking part in the 5km soapy spectacular, are backing the event as a way of ‘giving back’ to the charity and are urging more people to sign up.

Sarah (46) said: “Acorns is the most amazing place. Every little bit of support helps, so please, please get involved in Bubble Rush and have some fun. We’re really looking forward to it. Luke loves anything to do with water and bubbles and this event looked right up his street.”

Luke, who is an Acorns Ambassador, has quadriplegic cerebral palsy and epilepsy. His condition means that he is unable to speak or walk and is fed through a tube.

The 18 year old was referred to Acorns for the Three Counties, in Bath Road, at six years old for end of life care. He had gone into liver failure following a reaction to anti-epilepsy medication. Miraculously, Luke’s prognosis changed and mum Sarah was able to take him home.

Luke, who uses Eye Gaze technology to communicate, continued to receive specialist care from Acorns, benefitting from youth groups and respite stays.

Sarah, who is also mum to Naimee (20), explained: “When we were there for what we thought was end of life care, Acorns was a place of security, where we all felt safe. Nothing was too much trouble.

“When Luke returned for respite stays and youth groups, we knew that he was completely cared for, that all his needs were met and that he was equally as loved by the staff there as he is by us – you don’t get that anywhere else.

“Luke really appreciates everything Acorns have done for him and is proud to be an Ambassador for Acorns. He really wanted to help give back as did I. We can’t wait for Bubble Rush and to get covered in lots of colours and bubbles.”

The event will feature merchandise and accessory stalls and entry includes a free Bubble Rush t-shirt and finish line medal.

Sam Greatrex, Senior Events Officer at Acorns, said: “Time is running out for people who want to sign up for this fabulously frothy fundraiser – online entry closes at midnight on Wednesday 27 June. It’s going to be a fantastic day full of fun, foam and smiley faces. Don’t miss out!”

In the past year Acorns has provided specialist palliative care to more than 870 children and over 1,090 families, including those who are bereaved.

To sign up to the Acorns Bubble Rush, visit www.acorns.org.uk/bubblerush, call 01564 825023 or email events@acorns.org.uk

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Photo caption: Mum and son Sarah Cook and Luke Tudge are urging more people to sign up for the Acorns Bubble Rush.

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

Jamie Perry: 01564 825063 / 07971 913042 / jamie.perry@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 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 about this year’s 30th celebrations and how you can get involved, 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 who we are helping to care for.
  • It costs nearly £10 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.