Driven Dad Pushes Himself to Limit with Radio Marathon for Acorns

An inspirational dad who defied the odds has taken on the challenge of a lifetime to raise money for Acorns Children’s Hospice.

Richard Whincup, who overcame a severe stammer, completed a live 24-hour radio marathon to raise money for the charity and its vital work caring for life limited and life threatened children and support for their families.

With the support of family, friends, special guests and listeners, the 38-year-old, who at one point struggled to say his own name, successfully completed the marathon raising an impressive £2,000, to be shared between Acorns, Kate’s Home Nursing and Shelter

Richard, who appeared on the Channel 4 documentary Stammer School back in 2014, said: “It was the biggest challenge of my life. I used to have a bad stammer until the age of 19. At times it was that bad I’d be asked to get off the bus because
I couldn’t ask for a ticket. So I’d resort to writing things down. It was easier that trying to get the words out.”

The father-of-two, who enrolled onto an intensive programme as a teenager to help control his stammer, set himself the radio marathon challenge not only to raise vital funds but to test his own limits.

“I joined the McGuire Programme and learn to control my speech. Since then I’ve always tried to challenge myself and almost make life a bit difficult for myself to keep on moving forward with my speech. I used to do a radio show every week and I’ve always wanted to do marathon radio show.”

The marathon show was broadcast live from the Chipping Camden studio of North Coltswolds Community Radio and featured smaller shows including the Breakfast Show, the Gentleman’s Hour, the Mobile Disco, the Smooth Hour and the Night Shift.

Richard’s sons Tommo (11) and Luke (8) helped their dad present and keep his energy up. The duo also helped university lecturer and rugby coach Richard choose which charities would benefit from the fundraiser.

Tewksbury resident Richard said: “We’re thrilled to be able to help Acorns out in any way. All three charities are important charities.

“We are so grateful to everyone who listened, donated and sponsored. Special thanks to the team at NCCR.”

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Photo caption: Radio ga-ga… Richard Whincup completed a 24-hour radio marathon for Acorns Children’s Hospice.

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 anniversary. 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 £11 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 www.acorns.org.uk