A Gloucestershire based fundraising group has hit a remarkable milestone in aid of local children and their families.
The Acorns Gloucestershire Support Group has now raised a staggering £300,000 in support of Acorns Children’s Hospice’s care for life limited and life threatened children and young people, and support for their families.
The 13 members, who are all volunteers, reached this milestone as they presented Acorns with a cheque for £7,000.
Mike Pezet, who lives in Northleach, set up the Acorns Gloucestershire Support Group with his wife Jennie, to fund raise for the Three Counties hospice, in Bath Road, Worcester.
Mike said: “We never dreamed we would reach such a significant amount when we started the group, but the work of Acorns has touched a great many people who not only continue to support our events but give so generously time and time again. We couldn’t have done it without them.
“Acorns is an incredible cause and is a lifeline for many families. This money will help the charity continue its vital work and make a real difference to the lives of families across Gloucestershire.”
The group, which started out with a modest fundraising target of £30,000, now aims to raise £25,000 each year, primarily by operating an annual week-long toy sale and soft toy tombolas at various events across Gloucestershire. The group uses around 100 soft toys per event, all of which are donated by local people and businesses.
Toby Porter, Acorns Chief Executive, said: “What a phenomenal achievement. The group set out to raise £30,000 and have raised ten times that amount!
“Acorns simply couldn’t raise the vital funds we need to exist without the support of groups like this. They are remarkable, inspirational people, who truly show how a small group of committed and caring individuals can make such a massive difference.
“This money has helped us provide the range of clinical, practical and emotional care families need, both in the hospice and in the community. On behalf of everyone at Acorns, I’d like to say a heartfelt and humble thank to the group and to everyone who has supported their fundraisers over the years.”
A host of projects and items at Acorns have been supported by the group, including bathing equipment for the hospice hydrotherapy pool.
In the past year Acorns has cared for over 60 children from Gloucestershire and more than 80 families, including those who are bereaved.
It costs Acorns nearly £10 million every year to provide its care and it relies on the community for the majority of this amount.
To find out how you can support Acorns, please visit www.acorns.org.uk
Photo caption: Major milestone… The Acorns Gloucestershire Support Group has raised an incredible £300,000 for Acorns Children’s Hospice.
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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 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 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 www.acorns.org.uk