Comedy Favourite Barbara Nice Opens Charity’s Second Kings Heath Shop

Brummie comedy housewife Barbara Nice raised smiles as well as funds in Kings Heath today (Friday 23 November) by helping a local charity celebrate the opening of its new furniture shop.

Acorns Children’s Hospice, which has operated an existing shop on Kings Heath High Street for 30 years, doubled its presence in the popular shopping destination with the brand new shop in Addison Road.

‘Mother-of-five’ Barbara, the creation of talented writer, performer and comedian Janice Connolly BEM, was on hand to cut the ribbon officially opening the new store, which offers pre-loved furniture and homeware.

Barbara said: “I’m delighted to have been invited to open Acorns new furniture store. It’s an honour to be able to support Acorns and its incredible work helping children and families. I hope lots of people pop in and see what this exciting new addition to Kings Heath has to offer.”

Barbara was joined by staff, volunteers and supporters of the charity who all celebrated the shop’s opening with cake.

Val Hammond, Acorns Head of Retail, said: “We’re thrilled that Janice, as her wonderful character Barbara Nice, was able to join us for the opening of our second shop in Kings Heath.

“Janice is a big supporter of Acorns and understands how crucial funds raised through our retail shops are in helping us continue our vital work. She really made it a day to remember and we can’t thank her enough.”

Acorns has over 50 shops on high streets across the region raising money towards the £10 million per year the charity needs to continue its work providing vital care for life limited and life threatened children and support for their families.

The charity’s shop on King Heath High Street offers good quality clothing, shoes, toys, CDs and DVDs, while the new Addison Road store has the pre-loved furniture and homeware at bargain prices.

Donating good quality items is a quick way to support Acorns and all profits made go directly back to the charity.

Acorns is appealing for more volunteers to put their spare time and talent to good use at one of the charity’s retail shops. For more information about volunteering opportunities, please visit



Photo caption: Comedy favourite Barbara Nice officially opens Acorns new furniture shop in Kings Heath.

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

David Chamberlain: 01564 825020 / 07817 612422 /
Nicki Robinson: 01564 825062 / 07814 302153 /

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 visit
  • 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.