Christmas magic was in the air at the weekend (Friday 12 November) when the SnowDome in Tamworth invited lucky families from Acorns Children’s Hospice in the Midlands for an exclusive first look at its enchanting Winter Wonderland.
Children and families supported by the charity’s hospice in Walsall were treated to an early Christmas gift with a sneak preview of the SnowDome’s popular festive extravaganza ahead of its official opening.
Santa’s Winter Wonderland, which makes a welcome return to the tourist attraction this year after a break due to Covid-19, offered families a fully immersive festive experience, complete with real snow, animals, a carousel and the all-new Winter Wonderland show.
Julie Hickman, Family Team Worker at Acorns in the Black Country, said: “This event has always been a real festive highlight for the children and families we support. Nothing gets you into the festive spirit quite like playing in real snow and seeing Santa – everyone had so much fun.
“We’re extremely grateful to the SnowDome for welcoming us back for another magical evening. Precious moments together is one of the greatest gifts we can give a family when their child’s life is short and thanks to the SnowDome, families at Acorns have even more memories they can treasure forever.”
Isabelle Chadbourne, Director at SnowDome, said: “We are delighted to have our friends from Acorns back at Santa’s Winter Wonderland! It marks the start of our very busy festive period and I know all the team loving hosting our friends at Acorns each year!”
Acorns Children’s Hospice provides specialist palliative care for children and support for their families from its three hospices, based in Birmingham, Walsall and Worcester, and in the community.
In the past year the charity has cared for more than 700 children and almost 1,000 families, including those who are bereaved.
It cost Acorns £27,000 per day to provides its lifeline care and support, the bulk of which comes from fundraising and donations.
Acorns is here to ensure families with life limited and life threatened children do not face their journey alone, working in partnership with local communities and businesses, like SnowDome Tamworth, to create memories to cherish.
For more information about the SnowDome’s Santa’s Winter Wonderland attraction, click here.
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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.
- It costs £27,000 every day 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