Festive Fundraisers Get into Seasonal Spirit by Supporting Children’s Charity

Aston University was transformed into a magical Christmas scene on Saturday (8 December) as hundreds of Santas showed their support for Acorns Children’s Hospice.

Good boys and girls (of all ages) braved the cold and suited up for the annual Acorns Santa Run.

The festive fundraiser, which included a 2km or 5km dash, was held to raise money for Acorns and its vital work caring for life limited and life threatened children across the West Midlands.

Sam Greatrex, Acorns Senior Events Officer, said: “What a wonderful way to kick start the festive season – the atmosphere was magical! It was a fantastic spectacle to see so many Santas in one place.

“A big thank you to everyone who took part and helped raise money for Acorns. With your help we can continue our vital work caring for children and families across the region.”

Established in 1988, Acorns Children’s Hospice, which celebrates its 30th birthday on Friday (14 December) provides specialist palliative care to children and young people as well as support for the family.

It costs Acorns nearly £10 million every year to provide its services, both from its three hospices, based in Birmingham, Walsall and Worcester, and in the community, and the charity relies on fundraising for the bulk of this amount.

To find out how you can support Acorns, please visit www.acorns.org.uk/donate

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Photo caption: A sea of Santas got into the seasonal spirit in support of Acorns Children’s Hospice.

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.

• 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 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 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 www.acorns.org.uk