Cheltenham Town Team Up with Local Children’s Hospice

Jordon Forster and Kevin Dawson

Children and families across Gloucestershire are set to benefit as Cheltenham Town Football Club announce a charity partnership with Acorns Children’s Hospice.

The Robins have chosen Acorns as their charity of the year for the 2018/19 season to support the charity’s work providing care to life limited and life threatened children and support for their families.

In the past year, Acorns, which this year celebrates its 30th Anniversary, is currently caring for more than 60 children and 80 families across Gloucestershire, including those who are bereaved.

Lynne Carter, Head of Fundraising at Acorns, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled that the Robins have chosen to support Acorns over the current football season and we’re really looking forward to developing a strong partnership over the coming months.

“The work we do with families across Gloucestershire is absolutely vital, so to have the support of the football club, especially during such a significant year for our charity, is wonderful. I hope lots of people are inspired to get involved and help us raise the funds we need.”

Acorns provides a network of specialist palliative care and support for children and families across the West Midlands, through its hospices and in the community. It costs the charity nearly £10 million each year to continue, with the majority of this amount coming from fundraising and donations.

John Finnigan, Commercial Manager at the Robins, said: “We’re delighted to be working with a brilliant charity in Acorns, Gloucestershire’s local children’s hospice. The support that Acorns gives to families and young children in Gloucestershire is outstanding and Cheltenham Town Football Club are pleased to be working with such a worthwhile charity going forward”.

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

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Photo caption: (L-R) Jordan Forster and Kevin Forster

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 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 acorns.org.uk