Half Marathon Runner ‘ink-spired’ to Smash Target for Children’s Hospice

A runner who is taking part in Birmingham’s biggest half marathon for Acorns Children’s Hospice has been ink-spired to smash his fundraising target.

Luke Corbet has vowed to get a tattoo if he can raise more than £1,000 towards the charity’s care for children with life limiting and life threatening conditions.

In the hope of securing more sponsorship, the 30-year says he will get both the charity’s logo and the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run course inked on his upper arm as a permanent tribute.

thought the tattoo would be a great way to do that and raise extra money for Acorns. I’m just £300 off my target – I really want to hit that £1,000 before the run but I’d love to surpass that.”

Former Sutton Coldfield resident Luke, who now lives on the Isle of Wight, will be heading back to Birmingham to take part in the half marathon event on October 14.

The call centre worker, who was born with chronic renal failure, benefited from respite services and short stays at Acorns in Birmingham, based in Selly Oak, as well as youth groups and day trips.

Luke said: “It’s incredible what a difference this money will make. It’ll help pay for some of the services and care I received at Acorns when I was a little.”

Acorns has a limited number of free places available for the Great Birmingham Run for runners who raise £250 towards the charity’s care for local children and families.

As a member of Team Acorns runners will receive an exclusive Acorns running vest or t-shirt, fundraising advice and support to help you hit your target and regular email updates from the events team.

Acorns Children’s Hospice provides specialist palliative care to children and young people as well as support for the family. It costs the charity nearly £10 million every year to provide its services and it relies on fundraising for the bulk of this amount.

To register for Team Acorns visit www.acorns.org.uk/great-birmingham-run, call 01564 825023 or email events@acorns.org.uk

To donate to Luke’s JustGiving page visit: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/luke-corbet1

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Photo caption: Luke Corbet has pledge to get a tattoo if he hits his fundraising target.

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:

• 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 donations to fund the majority of its activities.

• To find out more about Acorns, please visit www.acorns.org.uk