Ambridge Comes to Acorns as Hospice Hosts Family Fun Day

Picture courtesy of the BBC

Ambridge’s favourite gossip will be adding some showbiz sparkle to Acorns Children’s Hospice fete this weekend.

The Archer’s star Charlotte Martin, who plays village busy body Susan Carter, will be making a special appearance at Acorns in Birmingham’s summer spectacular on Saturday 8 September.

Organisers are hoping to repeat the success of their last event, which saw more than 500 people flock to the Selly Oak hospice and raise over £4,000 towards the charity’s care for children and young people with life limiting and life threatening conditions.

Dee McCann, Volunteers Manager for Acorns, said: “We are so excited to welcome Charlotte to our garden fete on Saturday – she’s a fabulous addition to what will be a fantastic day. But to make it a real success, we need the support of the community. So why not do something a little different this Saturday and come along?”

The garden fete will run from 12pm to 5pm at the Oak Tree Lane hospice and will feature live entertainment, a range of stalls, games, face painting, Scottish and Morris dancing, a BBQ and refreshments. Entry is £1 for adults and free for children.

Acorns unmissable Heritage Lottery-funded Story Box Caravan will also be at the fete collecting stories of Acorns and memories from the last three decades as part of an exciting history project to celebrate the charity’s 30th anniversary.

Dee added: “It’s going to be a great fun-filled day with lots to see and do. It’s the perfect event to bring the whole family to. Plus, any money spent at the fete will help us continue our work supporting local children and their families at Acorns.”

Established in 1988, Acorns offers a network of specialist palliative care and support for babies, children and young people with life limiting and life threatening conditions, as well as support for their families.

The charity relies heavily on fundraising to continue providing its services, which costs nearly £10 million every year.

For more information about Acorns, please visit www.acorns.org.uk

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Photo caption: Acorns in Birmingham is welcoming special guest Charlotte Martin to its fete this weekend. (Image: BBC).

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

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 anniversary. 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 services providing care for the child and support for families. Acorns relies heavily on donations to fund the majority of its activities.

• To find out more about Acorns, please visit www.acorns.org.uk