Glamorous 30th Anniversary Ball to Drive-Up Funds for Acorns

A glittering black tie ball set among the world’s largest collection of classic British cars is taking place to celebrate a local charity’s 30th anniversary.

The event on Saturday 20 October at the prestigious British Motor Museum in Gaydon, has been organised by the Acorns South Warwickshire Fundraising Group to raise money for Acorns Children’s Hospice.

The glamorous gathering, which includes a stylish Champagne reception amongst the museum’s collection of iconic motor vehicles, is being hosted to drive-up funds for Acorns and mark the charity’s 30 years of providing vital care and support for children and families.

Fundraising Group chair Tracey Pickin described the ball as the ‘perfect event for classic car enthusiasts’, with lots to entertain ticketholders.

She said: “We wanted to do something to celebrate Acorns 30th anniversary and we wanted it to be as grand an event as possible. It’s going to be a great evening. There’s a generous Champagne reception, a great four-course meal with wine, wonderful entertainment and optional fundraising activities.

“The British Motor Museum is also allowing us to have the Champagne reception actually in the museum. So guests will be able to wander round, drink Champagne and enjoy the incredible car collection at their leisure.”

The South Warwickshire Support Group has been actively raising money for Acorns for the last 18 months. Its 12 members have raised £8,000 for the charity, through various events including a wine tasting and a summer jazz evening.

The 30th Anniversary Ball is the group’s biggest event to date and will include entertainment from Rat Pack style artists Me and My Shadow and The Hound Dogs.

Carol Pratt, Community Fundraising Development Manager at Acorns, said: “We’re extremely grateful to the Group for not only raising money for Acorns but also helping to raise our profile across South Warwickshire. In the short time they have been active they have raised enough money to pay for a whole day of care at one of our hospices, which is a fantastic achievement.

“So why not support the group and Acorns and buy a ticket for what is sure to be a wonderful evening?”

Established in 1988, Acorns Children’s Hospice offers a network of specialist palliative care and support for babies, children and young people with life limiting and life threatening conditions, as well as support for their families.

In the past year Acorns has cared for over 870 children and more than 1,140 families, including those who are bereaved.

Tickets for the ball, which starts at 7pm, are £85 and can be booked by emailing


Photo caption: The Acorns South Warwickshire Support Group is hosting a black tie ball to celebrate Acorns 30th anniversary.

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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