Acorns Children’s Hospice is Announced as Aston Villa’s New Charity Partner

Acorns Children’s Hospice has been announced as one of Aston Villa’s official Charity Partners for the next two seasons.

The partnership aims to raise awareness of Acorns work caring for children and families across Birmingham and the West Midlands. Also joining Acorns as a charity partner is Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

Chief Executive Christian Purslow said: “We are delighted to announce that Acorns Children’s Hospice and Birmingham Children’s Hospital will be Aston Villa Football Club’s official Charity Partners for the 2019/20 and 20/21 seasons.

“The official Charity Partnership is something that we have been talking to both charities about for some time. Both organisations have a long association with the club and are regarded as national and international leaders in their respective fields.

“One of the main objectives of the partnerships is to raise awareness of Acorns Children’s Hospice and Birmingham Children’s Hospital with the Villa and wider football family across the globe. Alongside that, we are very excited to be working with them on a day to day basis through our own Foundation to explore opportunities to work together on various projects and activities.”

Acorns Children’s Hospice offers specialist palliative care for babies, children and young people with life limiting and life threatening conditions, as well as support for their families. In the past year, the charity has cared for more than 780 children and over 1,220 families, including those who are bereaved.

Aston Villa has supported Acorns since 2006 and has a long-standing relationship with the charity with their logo adorning the club’s shirts between 2008-2010.

Acorn Chief Executive Toby Porter said: “We are thrilled to be kicking off our partnership with Aston Villa Football Club for the next two seasons. Our connection with the club and all the fans goes back many years and we’re excited to build on that fantastic legacy.

“Acorns relies on the support of the community to continue providing our vital care to children and families – so this partnership and the involvement of the Foundation will play an instrumental role towards our work over the coming years.”

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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.