Fundraising Group Soars up to £30,000 for Acorns

A Warwickshire based fundraising group is floating on air after soaring up to £30,000 for Acorns in just 12 months.

The Acorns South Warwickshire Fundraising Group is bursting with pride after hitting the five-figure sum in support of local children and families cared for by Acorns Children’s Hospice.

Armed with balloons spelling out the amount and wearing ball gowns, the group officially handed over the cheque at the Acorns charity shop on Wood Street, Stratford with help from Acorns President and former BBC Midlands Today host, Kay Alexander MBE.

The group’s 13 volunteer members raised the impressive amount over the past year to mark the charity’s 30th anniversary – in events that included a glittering Pearl Ball at the British Motor Museum which raised more than £21,000.

Fundraising Group Chair, Tracey Pickin, from Light Hall, said: “We are thrilled to have raised this incredible amount for Acorns. How fitting that we’ve reached £30,000 during Acorns 30th anniversary year!”

Since the group’s inception two years ago, members have raised nearly £40,000 for Acorns, through various events including wine tastings and a summer jazz evening.

Tracey added: “When we started the group we never imagined it’d be possible to raise this much money. Thank you to everyone who has supported our events over the last two years – we couldn’t have done it without you.”

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.

Carol Pratt, from the Acorns Fundraising Team, said: “We are truly grateful for the wonderful support of the South Warwickshire Fundraising Group over the last two years. They have raised an incredible amount for the children and families we care for.

“It costs £27,000 a day to run our three hospices and we rely on the support of the local community and groups like this to raise the majority of our income. So, this money will make a huge difference.”

To join the South Warwickshire Fundraising Group or for more details about their fundraising events, email

Find out how you can support Acorns by visiting


Photo caption: Acorns President Kay Alexander helps celebrate the South Warwickshire Fundraising Group’s fundraising feat at Acorns Stratford shop.

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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.

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 £27,000 every day 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