Dancers Bring Festive Sparkle to Hospice’s Winter Wonderland

Dancers from Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Christmas production The Nutcracker brought some fairytale magic to Acorns Children’s Hospice yesterday (Tuesday 4 December).

Stars from the festive spectacular took a break from performing to join children and families at Acorns in Birmingham’s enchanting Christmas lights switch on event.

As dusk fell at the Selly Oak hospice, visitors came together for the annual ‘Light up a Life’ Christmas celebrations and switching on of Acorns in Birmingham’s festive lights. Joining them were dancers Rosanna Ely, Eilis Small and Hamish Scott and First Artist, Aitor Galende, dressed in their beautiful costumes.

Chris Reed, Head of Care at Acorns in Birmingham, said: “The visit from Birmingham Royal Ballet is one of the highlights of the festive period. We would like to thank the four dancers for helping bring the magic of Christmas to Acorns once again this year. It’s such a treat for everyone and the children had a lovely time talking to them and admiring their beautiful costumes.

“Christmas is a magical time at the hospice, but it can be hard for our families. The support we get at Christmas and throughout the year is really appreciated and ensures that we can continue our vital work.”

Acorns Children’s Hospice, which celebrates its 30th birthday next week on 14 December, provides specialist palliative care to children and young people with life limiting and life threatening conditions, as well as support for their families.

In the past year, the charity, which operates three hospices based in Birmingham, Walsall and Worcester, has cared for more than 870 children and supported more than 1,140 families, including those who are bereaved.

The charity is committed to making every day count for children and families who access its services, working in partnership with organisations like Birmingham Royal Ballet, to create memories to cherish.

David Watson, Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Director of Brand and Advocacy, said: “Birmingham Royal Ballet is thrilled to be able to continue its long association with Acorns.

“It’s a huge thrill for our dancers to bring so much joy at Christmas when the hospice provides so much love and support to children and their families. Acorns do a fabulous job throughout the year and it was a great to be able to let our dancers spread a little of the magic of the ballet.”

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Photo caption: Artists from Birmingham Royal Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker, meet children at Acorns Children’s Hospice in Birmingham.

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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.

• 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.

• To find out more about Acorns, please visit