Bright Orange 80s Themed Caravan coming to Brum to Celebrate Acorns 30th Birthday

Acorns Children’s Hospice has hit the road in striking style as part of an exciting project to celebrate its 30th birthday.

The charity’s unmissable bright orange 80s themed caravan has been touring cities and towns across the region collecting childhood memories from local people and is now heading to Birmingham’s Victoria Square on Wednesday (12 September).

Sarah Bowron, Acorns 30th Anniversary Campaign Manager, said: “We want as many people as possible to drop by the caravan, which will be pitched near the Floozy in the Jacuzzi all day.

“Whether you want to share your thoughts and memories of Acorns, or whether you just want to tell us what it was like growing up in and around Birmingham, come and drop by. Tell us what you did? What TV programs you watched? What your favourite sweets were? We’re really looking forward to hearing what people say!”

The Acorns Story Box Project, made possible with £34,700 from the Heritage Lottery Fund, will also see selected Acorns shops across the Midlands host drop-in sessions to collect stories, some of which will be included in a commemorative exhibition in early 2019.

Sarah added: “Thanks to this grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, we have been given the opportunity to preserve our fascinating history for future generations – and we want local people to get involved.

“As well as featuring some of the best interviews on our website, you may even get to feature in our commemorative exhibition at the end of the year alongside groundbreaking moments from our past. It’s an opportunity not to be missed!”

As part of the project, a team of dedicated staff and volunteers will also collect 30 oral history interviews with key individuals past and present who represent Acorns varied and remarkable family.

Acorns provides a network of specialist care to children with life threatening and life limiting conditions, both within its three hospices, based in Birmingham, the Black Country and The Three Counties, and in family homes.

It costs the charity nearly £10 million every year to provide its services and it relies on fundraising for the bulk of this amount.

2018 marks 30 years since Princess Diana officially opened the first Acorns Hospice in Selly Oak, Birmingham.

For details of your nearest hospice shop drop-in session or to find out when the caravan will be coming to a town or city near you, visit www.acorns.org.uk/StoryBox.

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Photo caption: Acorns Story Box is heading to Birmingham City Centre.

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 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 acorns.org.uk

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