Superheroes Needed for Out-of-this-World Fundraising Campaign

A Birmingham children’s charity is calling on local superheroes to dust-off their capes for an out-of-this-world fundraising campaign.

Acorns Children’s Hospice, joined forces with Free Radio for the annual Cash for Kids Superhero Day (4 May) which will see supporters dress-up, have some fun and raise money for a good cause.

Fifty per cent of funds raised from the day will be donated by Cash for Kids to Acorns, which operates a hospice, Acorns in Birmingham, Selly Oak – towards the charity’s work caring for life limited and life threatened children across the Midlands.

Lynne Carter, Head of Fundraising at Acorns urged people to sign-up and get planning their superhero parties. She said: “Whether it’s with friends or colleagues, at school or work, this is a brilliant chance for budding supermen and women to get fundraising and make a difference.

“Let your imagination go wild, have some fun and at the same time raise vital funds towards the nearly £10 million it costs for Acorns to continue caring for children and their families across the region.”

Cash for Kids is a registered charity, which provides grants to community projects and small charities supporting children who may be living in poverty or with a serious illness or disability.

Lynne continued: “A huge thank you to Free Radio and Cash for Kids for partnering with Acorns for the Superhero Day. To many of the families we support, our nurses are the real superheroes, so this campaign is apt in more ways than one!”

John Stratton, Regional Fundraising Manager for Free Radio Cash for Kids added: “We’re thrilled to be helping Acorns celebrate their 30th year by supporting them through our Superhero Day.

“As a local charity where all the money we raise stays in the West Midlands, we hope our listeners, businesses and schools across the area will release their inner superhero and get involved.

“The money raised will make a real difference to local children supported by Acorns, along with the other projects and small charities across the area that will be helped through our grant giving programme.”

In the past year Acorns has cared for over 870 children and more than 1,090 families, including those who are bereaved.

Pick up a Superhero Day fundraising pack from your local Acorns shop. To find your local Acorns shop, visit www.acorns.org.uk

You can also sign-up by visiting www.freeradio.co.uk/superhero

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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 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  

Free Radio Cash for Kids is a registered charity and the official charity of Free Radio. Cash for Kids is a grant-giving charity, fundraising year-round to enable financial grants to be made to individual families, community projects and other local charities. Grants support vulnerable children who may be living in poverty, are subject to neglect or abuse or who are living with serious illness or disability. Free Radio Cash for Kids guarantees that all the money raised in the West Midlands stays in the West Midlands.

To find out more visit www.freeradio.co.uk/cashforkids

Free Radio Cash for Kids is a part of Bauer Radio’s Cash for Kids Charities, registered charity number 1122062.