Charity Marks 30th Birthday with Magical Mini Festival

Hundreds of people gathered for a magical mini festival to help Acorns Children’s Hospice celebrate 30 years of providing world-class care.

Acorns Birthday Glow in the Park saw people from across the Acorns community come together yesterday (Sunday 21 October) for a special celebration to commemorate the charity’s 30th anniversary.

The event, held at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, brought together children and families, supporters, staff and volunteers for a seasonal spectacular packed with entertainment, activities and a firework finale.

Sarah Bowron, Acorns 30th Anniversary Campaign Manager, said: “What an emotional day! Acorns Birthday Glow in the Park brought together a great many of the wonderful people who make Acorns such a special community to be part of. It was a chance to celebrate the incredible work we do and make some new memories to treasure.”

The celebration also included a poignant memory walk offering families a quiet space to remember loved ones and pay tribute by adding a candle to the Heart of Lights memorial.

Sarah added: “We couldn’t mark our 30th anniversary without honouring all of the children and families who have received care and support over the last three decades.

“As we look to the next 30 years and beyond, we’ve never been more committed to making every day count for the children and families accessing our vital services.”

Established in 1988, Acorns offers a network of specialist palliative care and support for babies, children and young people with life limiting and life threatening conditions, as well as support for their families.

In the past year, the charity has cared for over 870 children and more than 1,140 families, including those who are bereaved, which means the charity remains the UK’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 and the charity, which operates hospices based in Birmingham, Walsall and Worcester, relies heavily on the generosity of the community and local businesses for the majority of this amount.

For more information about Acorns, please visit www.acorns.org.uk

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Photo caption: A selection of images from Acorns Birthday Glow in the Park. (Pictures by Adrian Brown)

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 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