Solihull Fundraiser Raises £300,000 for Acorns Children’s Hospice

A Solihull fundraiser has raised an incredible £292,583 for charity in memory of her grandson and husband, towards Acorns Children’s Hospice.

Jean Fewins and her husband John were motivated to support the charity and its work caring for life limited and life threatened children, after their grandson Sam passed at the charity’s hospice in 1991.

The couple became dedicated fundraisers for Acorns, organising 17 fundraising balls in 27 years to reach the impressive amount. The most recent ball was held in honour of John, who sadly passed away in 2015 and raised a fantastic £24,000.

Jean said: “Acorns has been so important to John and I. This started with their amazing support for Sam and our family, and then as part of our fundraising journey. When John died I wanted to throw one last ball in his memory.

“He loved organising the balls and golf days in aid of Acorns and was astounded at the generosity of people over the years. The last event was really special as it was a farewell to John, and I couldn’t have asked for a better turnout. I am delighted by the total we raised and very proud to be able to donate it to such a worthy cause.”

Acorns relies on the generosity of supporters like Jean and John to raise the nearly £10 million a year needed to fund its vital care. Toby Porter, Acorns Chief Executive, said: “What these two amazing people have done for Acorns is simply astonishing. They set out to raise funds to enable support for other Acorns families but ended as legendary fundraisers who have become part of our rich history.

“We simply couldn’t raise the vital funds we need to exist without people like Jean and John, and it is stories like theirs that I hope inspire the next generation of supporters to do amazing things for our cause.”

This year Acorns is celebrating its 30th anniversary. To find out how you can support Acorns this year, visit www.acorns.org.uk/30years

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David Chamberlain, tel: 01564 825020 / 07817 612 422 / david.chamberlain@acorns.org.uk
Jamie Perry, tel: 01564 825063/ 07971 913 042 / jamie.perry@acorns.org.uk

Note 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 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 care services providing care for the child and support for families. Acorns relies heavily on the community to fund the majority of its activities.

To find out more about Acorns, please visit www.acorns.org.uk/30years