Acorns to Welcome His Royal Highness, The Duke of Cambridge in Visit to Mark Charity’s 30th Anniversary

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His Royal Highness, the Duke of Cambridge is set to visit Acorns Children’s Hospice this month (18 September) to mark the charity’s 30th Anniversary.

The Duke, who will be on a tour of the West Midlands, will visit Acorns hospice, Acorns in Birmingham, based in Selly Oak, to meet children, families, staff and volunteers.

During the visit, His Royal Highness will be led on a tour, meeting children and families using the hospice’s specialist facilities, including multisensory room, hydrotherapy pool and families taking part in a stay-and-play session in the hospice lounge.

The visit comes as Acorns celebrates 30 years since Diana, Princess of Wales officially opened the hospice on Oak Tree Lane in 1988, at the time only the third children’s hospice in the world.

Toby Porter, Chief Executive of Acorns, said: “We are thrilled and deeply honoured that His Royal Highness will be visiting Acorns. This will obviously be the absolute highlight of the charity’s 30th Anniversary Year in 2018.

“The bond between parents and children is the axis around which Acorns revolves. So it is both exciting and touching for everyone involved in the charity to be welcoming the Duke of Cambridge back to the children’s hospice opened by the Princess of Wales, thirty years ago.

“We are very much looking forward to showing the Duke the remarkable and life-changing work of Acorns, and to introducing him to some of the children and families that we are supporting.

“We always talk in Acorns about making special memories for children and families coming to Acorns. We know that the visit will mean so much to the children and families staying with us on the day of his visit.”

Following the tour of the hospice, His Royal Highness will unveil a plaque to mark the visit which will be placed beside an existing plaque commemorating the hospice’s opening by The Princess of Wales in 1988.

Toby added: “We hope the Duke will gain a real insight to our work at Acorns as he meets our incredible and dedicated staff and volunteers at the hospice and hears first hand from the families and children we care for. It should be such a happy day.”

In the past year, Acorns has provided care for more than 870 children and over 1,000 families. It costs the charity nearly £10 million every year to provide its care and it relies on the public for the majority of this amount.

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

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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