Heavyweights from Business and Politics Among Daredevils Facing the Fire for Acorns

Big names from across the West Midlands are all fired up for a daring fundraiser from Acorns Children’s Hospice.

Captains of industry and leaders from the world of business and politics will be among those walking over hot coals on Thursday 12 March in the Acorns Firewalk.

The event, which is taking place at the Black Country Living Museum, is being held to help fund the charity’s vital work caring for life limited and life threatened children and their families.

Participants braving the heat include renowned Birmingham chef and Wilderness owner Alex Claridge, regional business leader Paul Cadman, Brummie broadcast legend Ed James and inspirational entrepreneur and Deputy Lieutenant of the West Midlands Fleur Sexton.

Zoe Baggott, Acorns Senior Area and Events Fundraising Manager, said: “We’re thrilled to have so many high profile supporters signed up to next month’s Firewalk. Having them on board will really help to raise the profile of the event and the money they raise will make such a difference to the children and families we support.

“There is still plenty of time to sign up for this unmissable experience. Walking over fire is definitely one of the most extreme and exhilarating things you can do and while it might seem like scary stuff, professional fire walkers will be on hand to make sure everyone has the best possible time.”

Acorns Firewalk will see the doors to the iconic Black Country Living Museum open after dark for this unmissable fundraiser, with exclusive nighttime access to the attraction.

Those not feeling so brave can come along to watch thrillseekers and enjoy seeing the museum at night.

Highlights on offer will include a vintage bus down to the docks, wander around the museum’s cobbled streets, schoolhouse and old shops and their world-famous traditional fish and chips.

Zoe added: “The Night at the Museum and Firewalk is perfect for all the family as there will be so much to see and do. Not only will you have a great evening and maybe even conquer the coals, you’ll be helping us continue our work caring for children and families.”

This event costs £40 when supporters pledge to raise £100 sponsorship and includes night entry into the museum.

Tickets for night entry into the museum are £10 for adults and £5 for children, with under 2s free.

For more information or to sign up for Acorns Night at the Museum and Firewalk, please visit www.acorns.org.uk/acorns-firewalk


Photo caption: The Wilderness chef owner Alex Claridge is among the big names in business and politics signed up to Acorns Firewalk and Night at the Museum.

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.

• It costs £27,000 every day 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 www.acorns.org.uk

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