Christmas came early last week as Tamworth’s SnowDome invited lucky families from Acorns Children’s Hospice to its enchanting Winter Wonderland.
Children and families receiving support from the charity’s Black Country hospice got into the seasonal spirit with a special visit to the SnowDome’s annual festive attraction for a sneak peek ahead of its official opening.
Now in its fourteenth year, Santa’s Winter Wonderland at the SnowDome offered the lucky families a truly festive experience, complete with real snow, reindeer, animals and an all-new Winter Wonderland show.
Julie Hickman, Acorns Family Team leader, said: “It was wonderful to see the smiles on everyone’s faces as they enjoyed the visit to SnowDome’s Winter Wonderland. The children loved playing in real snow and meeting Santa and his reindeer.
“The SnowDome very kindly invites Acorns to the attraction every year and this year’s visit was just as magical. At Acorns we’re all about making special memories and these will be ones to treasure. On behalf of Acorns and our children and families, I’d like to say a big thank to the SnowDome for their continued support.”
Isabelle Chabourne, director at SnowDome, said: “Acorns is a wonderfully special charity and every year, for many years now, we really enjoy having the families here to visit us on our pre-opening evening.
“All the team get in the festive spirit and it’s a fantastic opportunity for us to spread some extra Christmas cheer!”
Acorns Children’s Hospice, which celebrates its 30th birthday next month on 14 December, provides specialist palliative care to children and young people with life limiting and life threatening conditions, as well as support for their families.
In the past year, the charity, which operates three hospices based in Walsall, Birmingham and Worcester, has cared for more than 870 children and supported more than 1,140 families, including those who are bereaved.
The charity is committed to making every day count for children and families who access its services, working in partnership with local communities and businesses, like Tamworth SnowDome, to create memories to cherish.
For more information about the SnowDome’s Winter Wonderland attraction, visit www.snowdome.co.uk
To find out more about Acorns, visit www.acorns.org.uk
Photo caption: A selection of images from the Acorns Children’s Hospice visit to the SnowDome’s Winter Wonderland.
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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 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 acorns.org.uk