Charity Flying High after Airport Makes Generous Birthday Donation

Children and families across the West Midlands are set to benefit thanks to Birmingham Airport’s birthday celebrations.

Generous staff and passengers marked the occasion by donating the funds for a day of care at Acorns Children’s Hospice, worth £7,000, to support the charity’s care for life limited and life threatened children across the region.

Amanda Smallman, Senior Fundraising Manager for Corporate and Community at Acorns, said: “We are so grateful for this fantastic gift! Birmingham Airport has supported our work for 10 years and continues to go above and beyond to raise money for Acorns.

“Without such generosity we could not continue our vital work caring for children and supporting families. This money will make a real difference – it costs us £7,000 a day to provide our care and services, both in the hospice and in the community.”

The donation was made through Acorns Pay for A Day scheme and coincided with both the airport’s 79th birthday celebrations and Acorns 30th anniversary. Staff were also given the opportunity to spend a day at Acorns in Birmingham, based in Selly Oak, to see first-hand the vital care their fundraising will support.

Birmingham Airport has been a long-time supporter of Acorns. Back in 2016, 50 employees raised an incredible £12,000 by taking part in a charity abseil.

Andy Holding, Corporate Responsibility Manager at Birmingham Airport, said: “We’ve been partners of Acorns since 2008 and we are delighted to be able to help mark both of our birthdays by supporting the Pay for a Day initiative.

“It really brings home the scale of what’s required to enable the amazing staff and volunteers at Acorns to be there for families in their time of greatest need. We’re proud to stand behind them and do our bit to help make sure this amazing organisation is there for Midlands’ children for the next 30 years.”

In the past year Acorns, which operates three hospices based in Walsall, Birmingham and Worcester, has cared for over 870 children and more than 1,090 families, including those who are bereaved.

It costs nearly £10 million a year to run Acorns services and the charity relies heavily on the generosity of the community and local businesses for the majority of this amount.

To find out how you could support Acorns, please visit www.acorns.org.uk

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Photo caption: Representatives from Birmingham visit Acorns in Birmingham to see first-hand the vital care their fundraising will support.

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:

About Acorns Children’s Hospice

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

About Birmingham Airport:

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Telephone: 0121 767 7374 / 7074 / 8024
Email: press@birminghamairport.co.uk

Birmingham Airport is the UK’s third largest airport outside London, and the UK’s seventh largest overall.

It handles 13m passengers a year and 35m people live within its two-hour catchment – half the population of the UK.

As the Midlands’ largest airport, it serves more than 150 direct scheduled & charter routes and offers an additional 340 possible connections worldwide.

Over the last 10 years, Birmingham Airport has invested more than £300m to develop its infrastructure.

It is one of the West Midlands’ largest employers, creating jobs for 30,900 people across the west midlands and adding £1.5bn in GVA to the regional economy.

Sitting in the centre of the country’s road and rail network means that it is one of the UK’s most accessible airports, particularly by rail, thanks to its on-site rail station.

When HS2 opens, the journey between Birmingham Airport and central London will reduce from the current 70 minutes to 38 minutes as it becomes the UK’s first and only high-speed connected airport, increasing the two-hour catchment to 45m people.

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