Final Call for Santas! More Fundraisers Wanted for Acorns Biggest Festive Fun Run

Time is running out for festive fundraisers to take part in the biggest-ever seasonal spectacular from Acorns Children’s Hospice this weekend – with online registration closing at midnight on Wednesday 4 December.

Hundreds of Santas will descend on three different locations across the West Midlands getting themselves firmly on the nice list by raising money for local children and families.

The events in Birmingham, Worcestershire and the Black Country are being held to help fund Acorns vital care and support for babies, children and young people with life limiting and life threatening conditions.

Rachel Farrington, Events Officer at Acorns, said: “We’re so excited to kick-start the festive season this weekend with Acorns Santa Run but we need your help – we need more people to sign up, so we can raise as much money as possible to help us continue our vital work.”

Acorns Santa Runs are taking place at Millennium Point on Saturday (7 December), followed by Walsall Arboretum and The Valley Evesham on Sunday (8 December).

New for 2019 is an interactive festive trail which is fun for all the family on offer at all three locations. Those who want to challenge themselves can take part in a 5k run available at the Birmingham and Evesham events. There will also be the same great food and music, plus free family days out included.

Rachel added: “It’s not every day you see hundreds of smiling Santas dashing around, all while raising money for such a special cause. It’ll definitely get you into the seasonal spirit. With your help, Acorns can continue to provide vital care and support for children and families who need us now and in the future.”

Acorns provides specialist palliative care and support for life limited and life threatened children and their families. In the past year the charity has cared for over 780 children and more than 1,220 families, including those who are bereaved.

Tickets for Acorns Santa Run are priced £15 for adults and £10 for children. Under 2s are free.

Every pound raised by participants goes directly to supporting local children and families. This year Acorns Santa Run tickets include free entry to a host of visitor attractions, including National Sea Life Centre Birmingham and Thinktank Birmingham Science Museum.

To sign up for Acorns Santa Run, visit www.acorns.org.uk/santarun. Online registration closes at midnight on Wednesday 4 December, but participants can still sign up in person on the day.

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Photo caption: The countdown is on for Acorns Santa Runs this weekend at Birmingham’s Millennium Point, Evesham and Walsall Arboretum.

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.

• It costs £27,000 every day 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

Help us continue our work caring for children and families across the West Midlands.