Worcester Fundraising Group Celebrate Huge Charity Milestone

(L-R) Jo Smith, Elaine Cox, Hazel Bugbird, Toby Porter (Acorns CEO), Carole Crowe

A Worcester based fundraising group has celebrated raising over £20,000 for charity in just 10 years.

The Acorns Ladies Charity Group have raised the impressive amount for Acorns Children’s Hospice, to directly support the charity’s work caring for life limited and life threatened children and young people.

The Group, which consists of around seven regular volunteer members was established by Mrs Glenda Britton in 2007 and has raised the money by holding 10 annual lunches at various venues across Worcestershire.

Members of the Group, including Chair Hazel Bugbird from Drakes Broughton visited Acorns Hospice on the Bath Road, Worcester for an official cheque presentation with Acorns Chief Executive, Toby Porter.

Hazel, said: “We are extremely proud of the Group’s achievements over the past decade and we were delighted to meet Toby at the hospice to mark this milestone.

“We know first-hand the importance of this charity and its work with families across the region, so to be able to support Acorns and the dedicated nurses, medical staff and volunteers who make up its workforce is truly a privilege.”

Since 2007, the annual lunch has featured speakers from a diverse range of backgrounds including former Midlands Today presenter Kay Alexander MBE, now Acorns President.

Acorns Chief Executive, Toby Porter hailed the Group’s success. He said: “What the Acorns Charity Ladies Group have achieved is nothing short of spectacular and we are extremely grateful for their dedication to our cause over the years.

“Thanking Hazel and her fellow Group members in person at the hospice was an absolute privilege and the perfect start to 2018, a year in which we are celebrating 30 years since Acorns first opened its doors. I hope the Group’s achievements inspire others to support Acorns during this special year.”

It costs Acorns nearly £10 million every year to provide its care services and it relies on fundraising and the generosity of the public for the majority of this amount.

To find out how you can support Acorns this year, please visit www.acorns.org.uk



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.

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 £9.6 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, please visit www.acorns.org.uk