Citizen Khan Makes it a Christmas to Remember at Acorns Children’s Hospice

BBC Sitcom star Citizen Khan has made it a Christmas to remember for children and families at Acorns Children’s Hospice thanks to a special festive visit.

The self-appointed ‘community leader’ dropped in to the charity’s hospice based in Selly Oak armed with a sack load of presents for the grateful children and families supported by the charity.

There were smiles and laughter aplenty as Mr Khan interacted with the children and families who had come to meet him, before handing out gifts and posing for selfies.

Commenting on the visit, Acorns Chief Executive, Toby Porter, said: “Christmas is always a magical time of year at Acorns, but Mr Khan’s visit really has to be the star on top of the tree!

“It was a truly joyful, unforgettable experience for the families who attended. You could tell that they will remember this day for a long time to come.”

The visit came about thanks to Birmingham born actor, comedian, radio and television presenter Adil Ray OBE who plays the part of the famous Mr Khan. Adil Ray is a Patron of Acorns Children’s Hospice.

Toby added: “At Acorns we recognise the importance of making special memories for the families we support. That is especially important at this time of year, so a huge heartfelt thank you to Adil for taking the time to visit us today as Citizen Khan today. ”

Acorns has been providing specialist palliative care and support for life limited and life threatened children in the West Midlands since 1988. The charity relies on fundraising and the generosity of the public for more than 65 percent of its income.

To donate to Acorns this Christmas, please visit www.acorns.org.uk/christmas

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Photo caption: Mr Khan meets children and families at Acorns
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 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.
  • About 35% of the care provided by Acorns is funded by our partnership with the NHS. The charity relies heavily on donations to fund the majority of its activities. 
  • To find out more about Acorns, please visit acorns.org.uk