Brave Alison’s Close Shave for Acorns Appeal

Hair today…Alison with hairstylist James Reynolds from Mirror Mirror

A kind hearted charity shop volunteer has had a hair-raising encounter to help raise money for a vital Black Country appeal.

Alison Rooke, 51, who works at the Acorns charity shop in Blackheath, braved the clippers for a sponsored head shave raising a fantastic £700 towards the Save Acorns Black Country Hospice Appeal.

The Appeal aims to raise £2 million to help safeguard the future of Acorns Walsall based hospice for Black Country children and their families.

Shop manager, Jann Richards, said: “The support we’ve had for Alison has been fantastic and everyone in the Blackheath community has got behind her. We’re really proud of her for doing such a brave thing and raising so much towards the Appeal – it’s all for a wonderful cause.”

The Save Acorns Black Country Children’s Hospice Appeal was launched by Acorns on the back of significant new funding locally and nationally from the NHS and has raised £219,624.14 in just under four weeks.

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Photo caption:  Alison Rooke with hairstylist James Reynolds from Blackheath salon Mirror Mirror and her supporters in the Acorns Blackheath shop.

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David Chamberlain: 01564 825020 / 07817 612422 /
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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