Acorns Children’s Hospice is marking its 30th anniversary by recognising the incredible contribution of its supporters and volunteers across the West Midlands.
2018 marks 30 years since the first Acorns Hospice was opened in Selly Oak, Birmingham. Additional hospices were later opened in Walsall and Worcester. For three decades now, Acorns has provided outstanding care and vital support to life limited and life threatened children from seven counties. Acorns is now the UK’s largest children’s hospice charity, measured both by numbers of children cared for and the amount spent each year on care.
To kick off Acorns 30th anniversary celebrations, the charity is holding ’30 days of thanking’ starting with an intensive ‘Thank You’ week (30 January – 2 February). The week will see Acorns staff and trustees personally calling and recording thank you films for supporters and volunteers across the region.
A host of celebrities and well-known names from the West Midlands and beyond, including Beverley Knight, UB40 and Mark Gatiss have also recorded their own messages of thanks to those who have supported Acorns along the way.
Acorns Chief Executive, Toby Porter, said: “This is an exciting and significant year for Acorns. The only way we can begin is by offering a huge ‘thank you’ to our volunteers and supporters for their time and incredible generosity over the past 30 years.
“Our supporters have been instrumental in empowering Acorns vital services over the last 30 years and enabling us now to care for more children and families than ever before. There are always more people who need our help that we can reach and we continue to strive to help as many of these children and families as possible but we simply couldn’t do it without your amazing support”
Toby continued: “Whether you have popped some spare change in a tin, completed an amazing challenge, baked some cakes, supported our 57 shops, given your time in special ways or contributed with a monthly donation … this is the time to say thank you for being part of our story, part of our Acorns family.’
As a special thank you to supporters during the ‘Thank You’ week, Acorns shops will be holding 20 per cent discount on all goods excluding new goods. To find your nearest Acorns shop visit www.acorns.org.uk/shops
To view Acorns ‘thank you’ films and find out how you can support Acorns during the charity’s 30th Anniversary, please visit www.acorns.org.uk/30years
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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.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 anniversary campaign, please visit acorns.org.uk/30years