Island Bar Mixes-it-up for Charity Cocktail Masterclass

A group of grateful mums and dads got shaking and stirring at Island Bar recently, thanks to a long running charity partnership. 

The lucky group of eight, all of whom receive care and support from Acorns Children’s Hospice, got together for a cocktail masterclass at the venue on Suffolk Street Queensway, with one of the venue’s most talented cocktail magicians.

Lindsey Homer, Head Nurse at Acorns hospice in Birmingham, paid tribute to the event organisers – venue and restaurant owners Bitters N Twisted: “It was a night to remember for all the parents and we’re so grateful to Bitters N Twisted and their fantastic staff for putting on the night. 

“The families all had a great time, and really enjoyed getting stuck in and making cocktails. The parents made some really deep connections with other families in similar situations and I know these new friendships will continue long after the event.

Bitters N Twisted are a longstanding charity partner of Acorns, having raised more than £3,000 for the charity in the last year alone. More recently they sponsored the charity’s fundraising Santa Run at Aston University.

Lindsey added: “It was a truly lovely evening and a big thank you to our host Jack who treated us all amazingly and made everyone feel very special. I had lots of thank you messages the next morning from the families that attended.”

Matt Scriven, Founder of Bitters n’ Twisted Venues, said: “We’ve been proud to support Acorns Hospice in their important work for a number of years now and we look forward to continuing to do so for many years to come.

“It was great that a number of parents were able to join us recently at Island bar for some light entertainment and experience something of what we offer across our Birmingham based venues.”Acorns, which this year is marking its 30th anniversary, is currently caring for more than 870 children and over 1,000 families, including those who are bereaved. 

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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 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
  • 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