Superheroes from across the Midlands assembled today (Friday 4 May) for some out-of-this-world fundraising.
The annual Free Radio, Cash for Kids Superhero Day saw supporters up and down the city join friends and colleagues for a spot of fancy dress, lots of fun and games, and all for a good cause.
Fifty per cent of funds raised from the day will be donated by Cash for Kids to Acorns Children’s Hospice, towards the charity’s work caring for life limited and life threatened children across the Midlands.
Joining in the day’s festivities were children, families, staff and volunteers at Acorns three hospices as well as staff and volunteers at Acorns charity shops across the region.
Lynne Carter, Head of Fundraising at Acorns, said: “It was fantastic to see so many budding supermen and women getting together to make a difference today and great to see so many imaginative costumes and fundraising ideas!
“It costs us nearly £10 million every year to provide our vital services, so a huge thanks to all of today’s superheroes and Free Radio Cash for Kids for their wonderful support.”
Cash for Kids is a registered charity, which provides grants to community projects and small charities supporting children who may be living in poverty or with a serious illness or disability.
John Stratton, Regional Fundraising Manager for Free Radio Cash for Kids added: “We’re thrilled to be helping Acorns celebrate their 30th year by supporting them through our Superhero Day.
“As a local charity where all the money we raise stays in the West Midlands, we hope our listeners, businesses and schools across the area will release their inner superhero and get involved.
“The money raised will make a real difference to local children supported by Acorns, along with the other projects and small charities across the area that will be helped through our grant giving programme.”
In the past year Acorns has cared for over 870 children and more than 1,090 families, including those who are bereaved.
To donate towards Free Radio Cash for Kids Superhero Day, please text GIVE to 70808 to donate £5.
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Note 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 the community to fund the majority of its activities.
To find out more about Acorns, please visit www.acorns.org.uk/30years
Free Radio Cash for Kids is a registered charity and the official charity of Free Radio. Cash for Kids is a grant-giving charity, fundraising year-round to enable financial grants to be made to individual families, community projects and other local charities. Grants support vulnerable children who may be living in poverty, are subject to neglect or abuse or who are living with serious illness or disability. Free Radio Cash for Kids guarantees that all the money raised in the West Midlands stays in the West Midlands.
To find out more visit www.freeradio.co.uk/cashforkids
Free Radio Cash for Kids is a part of Bauer Radio’s Cash for Kids Charities, registered charity number 1122062.