Fundraiser Marks Half Marathon with ‘Ink’-redible Charity Tribute


A fundraiser embarking on a mammoth half marathon challenge for Acorns Children’s Hospice has marked his journey with an ‘ink’-credible tribute.

30 year old Luke Corbet has signed up for the SimplyHealth Great Birmingham Run (Sunday 14 October) to give back to Acorns and say thanks for the vital care and support he received throughout his childhood.

Kind-hearted Luke set a target of £1,000 towards Acorns work caring for children and families and pledged to have the charity’s logo and the Marathon route map tattooed on his arm if he reached the amount.

Thanks to the generosity of friends, family and strangers touched by his story, Luke smashed the four-figure sum and is now sporting a lasting reminder of his efforts.

Luke, who was born with chronic renal failure, said: “It’s been quite an emotional day for me as this tattoo marks what has been an amazing few months. I started this journey as a complete novice to running. Now I’m well on my way to completing the half marathon and have raised more than £1,000 for a charity that saved my life.

“Without Acorns respite care I wouldn’t be where I am today, they gave me the spark to continue living during one of the most difficult times of my life. Money can’t repay Acorns for what they did for me but I hope the amount I’ve raise will make a difference.”

Call centre worker Luke, who benefited from respite services and short stays at Acorns in Birmingham before receiving a life-saving transplant in 1997, will join the rest of Team Acorns for Birmingham’s biggest half marathon event on 14 October.

Sam Greatex, Senior Events Manager for Acorns, said: “Luke’s tattoo tribute is definitely one of the boldest we’ve seen! He’s done a great job hitting his fundraising target and we can’t thank him enough for his support. We rely on fundraisers like Luke to help us raise the nearly £10 million we need each year to run our services.

“We wish Luke and his fellow Team Acorns runners luck with the rest of their training and look forward to cheering them on later this month.”

In the past year, Acorns has provided care for more than 870 children and over 1,140 families across the region, including those who are bereaved.

To find out how you can support Acorns, please visit www.acorns.org.uk

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Photo caption: Tats off to him… Luke’s ink-redible tribute to mark his half marathon journey.

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