Cheltenham Town Football Club have kicked-off a charity partnership with a visit to a Worcester based children’s hospice.
The Robins have chosen Acorns Children’s Hospice as charity of the year for the 2018/19 season and the players, alongside Chairman Andy Wilcox and partner Emma Wilcox, popped into the charity’s hospice on Bath Road to see for themselves the charity’s work.
Club captain Johnny Mullins was joined by George Lloyd and Conor Thomas and the three scored a hit with children and families, staff and volunteers as they were given a tour of the hospice’s specialist facilities, including hydrotherapy pool, multisensory room and adolescent lounge.
Commenting on the visit to the hospice, which is based on the Bath Road in Worcester, Andy Wilcox said: “Acorns is our Charity Partner for this season so it was a pleasure to visit this amazing facility which supports so many families from all over the county.
“We didn’t really know what to expect but we were overwhelmed at what a bright and welcoming environment it is and what superb facilities are available to children and families.
“The whole ethos is about creating a happy home from home, and making every moment joyous. We look forward to building a relationship with Acorns and helping to raise funds that can support their excellent work.”
In the past year, Acorns, which this year celebrates its 30th Anniversary, is currently caring for more than 870 life limited and life threatened children and over 1,000 families, including those who are bereaved.
Community Fundraising Officer, Mel Hall, said: “It was an absolute pleasure to welcome Andy, Emma and the players here at Acorns to officially kick off the partnership.
“It’s wonderful that we were able to show them what we do – that it’s a charity that’s not just about dying, we firmly believe in making the most of every day for children and their families.
“We’re looking forward to getting to know the team and building a great partnership with them over the coming season.”
To find out more about Acorns, please visit www.acorns.org.uk
Photo caption: Clockwise from the left: George Lloyd, Emma Wilcox, Toby Porter, Acorns Chief Executive, Andy Wilcox, Chairman, Conor Thomas, Samuel and Sophia Marshall with daughter Sophia, Johnny Mullins
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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.
- 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 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 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 acorns.org.uk