Lichfield Grandad (92) Takes on Soapy Spectacular for Good Cause

A 92 year old Lichfield grandad is taking on a foamy fundraiser this month to help raise money for a worthy cause.

Bernard Gannon will make his way along a 5km course on an electric scooter through a mountain of multi-coloured bubbles in the Acorns Bubble Rush.

The Streethay resident will be joined at the event on Saturday, June 30 by his granddaughter, Acorns employee Gemma Williams, and the rest of ‘Team Awesome’ – Janet Rayson, Janet Gregory, Hannah Page and Alicia Killen.

Bernard said: “At first I thought I was just going to Worcester for the day for lunch. Then I realised we’d be taking part in the 5km Bubble Rush for Acorns Children’s Hospice first. It’ll be great to support for Acorns and my granddaughter. It’ll also be a day out with the family as we are still having lunch. I will be taking part on my electric scooter – so I will make sure they are all running!”

In the run up to the event, Team Awesome has organised a coffee and cake morning to help raise additional funds. It will take place at the Lichfield City FC Social Club, off Eastern Avenue, this Sunday (June 24) from 9.30am to 11.30pm.

The fundraiser, which costs a suggested donation of just £3 for adults and £2 for children, will include homemade cakes and refreshments as well as a raffle, with a whole host of fabulous prizes.

Acorns Bubble Rush will see hundreds of bubblers descend on Worcester Racecourse to run, jog, walk or frolic their way through a sea of frothy bubbles.

The event is being held to raise money for Acorns, towards the charity’s vital care children and their families.

It will feature merchandise and accessory stalls and entry includes a free Bubble Rush t-shirt and finish line medal.

Sam Greatrex, Senior Events Officer at Acorns, said: “At 92 Bernard is quite possibly this year’s oldest Bubble Rush entrant, which just shows how inclusive this brilliant event is. You don’t have to be a runner to take part, it’s all about having fun. So please follow Team Awesome’s lead and sign up.”

Acorns provides specialist palliative care to life-limited and life-threatened children and young people, as well as support for the family. In the past year Acorns has provided care to more than 870 children and over 1,090 families, including those who are bereaved.

To sign up to the Acorns Bubble Rush, visit, call 01564 825023 or email

To support Team Awesome visit their JustGiving page:



Photo caption: Never too old… Bernard Gannon (92) will join his granddaughter Gemma Williams at this year’s Bubble Rush.

For more information or for interview, photograph or filming opportunities, contact the PR and Communications team:

David Chamberlain: 01564 825020 / 07817 612422 /

Nicki Robinson: 01564 825062 / 07814 302153 /

Jamie Perry: 01564 825063 / 07971 913042 /

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 about this year’s 30th celebrations and how you can get involved, visit
  • 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 care services providing care for the child and support for families. Acorns relies heavily on the community to fund the majority of its activities.