Acorns Statement on Worcester Warriors

Acorns Children’s Hospice was welcomed into the Worcester Warriors family around 20 years ago through the exceptional role that the late Cecil Duckworth CBE played in the city. Cecil was instrumental in helping establish the very first children’s hospice in the County – Acorns for the Three Counties, and was a significant benefactor. Cecil then brought Acorns into the Rugby Club which led to two decades of support for the Bath Road hospice.

Acorns is therefore saddened to read that the Club has been placed into administration. Our thoughts are with all the loyal people at Warriors, many of whom have individually and collectively helped Acorns over many years, regularly going the extra mile to ensure the charity had access to fundraising and awareness-raising opportunities. The team shirt featuring a design by local children for the annual Acorns Matchday was a special highlight.

Over many years we have been privileged to work with the Warriors playing squad, the staff, and the wonderful supporters whose appreciation of the Club’s links to Acorns were part of a shared history. This made it possible for local children and families to feel the presence of the Warriors family within the charity. Warriors opened their doors every week to Acorns families to watch a match and made them feel so welcome.

We dearly hope that we can once again be in the presence of Warriors and we will continue to liaise with the Warriors Foundation. Our commitment is to show our ongoing respect for the shared aims and values that Cecil stood for, until such time as we can work with Worcester Warriors again.