Children’s Charity Opens its Glorious Gardens for Summer Fete

Excitement is building for a fun-filled family spectacular at Acorns Children’s Hospice in Walsall this weekend.

Acorns in the Black Country will be opening its glorious gardens on Saturday 8 September for a summer fete jam-packed with a whole host of entertainment and activities.

Organisers hope to repeat the success of their last event, which saw more than 500 people flock to the Walstead Road hospice and raise over £3,600 towards the charity’s care for children and young people with life limiting and life threatening conditions.

Carl Cadman, Volunteers Manager for Acorns, said: “We can’t wait for the garden fete! We’ve planned a fantastic event but we need the support of the community to make it a success. So why not do something a little different this Saturday and come along?”

The event will run from 1pm to 4pm and will feature entertainment, a range of stalls, games and refreshments. Entry is £1 for adults and free for children.

Acorns Story Box will also be hosting a drop-in session at the fete collecting stories of Acorns and memories from the last three decades as part of an exciting Heritage Lottery-funded history project to celebrate the charity’s 30th anniversary.

Carl added: “It’s going to be a great fun-filled day with lots to see and do. It’s the perfect event to bring the whole family to. Plus, any money spent at the fete will help us continue our work supporting local children and their families at Acorns.”

Established in 1988, Acorns 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.

The charity relies heavily on fundraising to continue providing its services, which costs nearly £10 million every year.

Please note there is no on-site parking available. For more information about Acorns, please visit www.acorns.org.uk

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Photo caption: Acorns in the Black Country will be opening its glorious gardens this weekend for a summer fete.

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