Charity’s Appeal for Green-fingered Volunteers to Give Gardens Some TLC

A local children’s hospice is appealing for green-fingered gardeners to bring some much-needed love and attention to an outdoor haven.

Acorns in the Black County is looking to recruit a group of volunteers willing maintain its glorious gardens for the enjoyment of children and families.

Carl Cadman, Volunteers Manager at Acorns for the Black Country, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for keen gardeners to take ownership of space that brings joy to children and young people in our care.

“It’s not a major undertaking, we’re looking for volunteers that will come in and keep our gardens looking lovely and enable the families staying with us to use the gardens to their fullest.”

The outdoor space includes a large rear garden, play area, sensory trail and a special memorial garden, which offers a quiet place for families to remember loved ones.

Carl added: “The gardens provide a safe space for children and families to play outdoors and take part in activities that create special moments of fun and laughter.

“So, if you want to volunteer, either on your own or together as a group, please get in touch. Giving a day or even an afternoon will make a huge difference.”

Acorns provides care to over 870 children across the region and more than 1,140 families, including those who are bereaved. The charity relies on fundraising and donations for the majority of the £10 million it needs each year to run its services, both at its three hospices and in the community.

If you are interested in becoming a garden volunteer for Acorns in the Black Country email volunteer.blackcountry@acorns.org.uk or call 01922 422500.

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Photo caption: Acorns in the Black Country is appealing for green-fingered volunteers to help maintain its gardens. Pictured are staff from Lloyds Bank Colemore Row, who volunteers at Acorns this summer.

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 £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 www.acorns.org.uk