Proud night for Acorns at the Innovation Awards

It was a proud night for Acorns at the Innovation Awards on Friday (27th October) with special recognition for the charity’s groundbreaking Family Portal and a fantastic £8,000 raised towards local families.

Acorns joined nominees from across the region at the event, held to celebrate organisations and individuals who show exceptional dedication to innovation.

The Acorns Family Portal, an online tool for families and the first of its kind for a UK children’s hospice was nominated for the Community Innovator award.

The Portal, launched by Acorns in 2022, gives families access to key information about the care being delivered to their child at one of the charity’s three hospices and allows them to submit hospice bookings from the comfort of their own home, connecting them directly to the hospice admin teams.

Trevor Johnson, Acorns Chief Executive and Jessica Ashe, Programme Manager at Acorns represented the charity on the evening, held at the Eastside Rooms in Birmingham. Acorns was official charity on the night and a fantastic £8,000 was raised from bucket collection, silent auction and raffle.

Local youth charity Free@Last were eventual winners in the Community Innovator charity, but it was a proud night for Acorns in recognition of the charity’s trailblazing work.

Jessica Ashe, said: “It’s an honour to see Acorns and our work celebrated at the Innovation Awards and we’re thrilled that our work has been recognised in this way. The Family Portal has transformed the way in which we engage with families, better supporting the needs of the children we care for.”

“The children who access our services often have complex care needs, and it’s not unusual for short break bookings to be cancelled at the last minute. By using the Portal, families are able to book breaks, change or cancel them in their own time, without being restricted by our office opening times.”

“It’s an amazing resource for our families, allowing them to quickly and easily book stays, so they can focus on providing care to their children at home during the day.”

To help get the Family Portal off the ground, Acorns was awarded funding by Morrisons Community Grants (£54,000) and worked in partnership with Care data platform, AzeusCare. Jessica added: “We’re on an exciting journey with the Family Portal and Acorns is exploring a number of exciting future possibilities. For example, giving families the ability to book on to specific Acorns support groups or giving them access to videos, pictures and messages, helping them feel connected to their child wherever they may be.”

To help get the Family Portal off the ground, Acorns was awarded funding by Morrisons Community
Acorns provides specialist care and support to hundreds of children and their family every year across the West Midlands and Gloucestershire.

The charity provides its care from three hospices, in Birmingham, Walsall and Worcester, in the community and in family homes.

It costs Acorns around £11 million every year to continue and it relies on donations and the profits from charity shops for the bulk of that amount.

For more information or for interview, photograph or filming opportunities, contact the PR and Communications team at news@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.

Mary, Ann and Acorns Patron Don MacLean at the opening of the Kings Heath shop in 1990.

Our incredible shop volunteer Mary Cushnie gave her all for Acorns for over 30 years.

In fact, Mary started fundraising for Acorns in the mid-80s, when even our first hospice had yet to open.

Mary’s story with Acorns begins at the nearby Cadbury’s factory in Bournville where she worked. Her friend and colleague Ann Cullinan planned to hold a jumble sale and Mary agreed to help.

Cadbury’s kindly offered to store the many items the fundraisers had collected for the sale and then one Saturday, they were given permission to hold the jumble in Cotteridge Gas Showroom on the high street.

It was the beginnings of a hugely successful fundraising movement known affectionately as ‘Ann’s Army’. They made nearly £1,000 on their first day – a fantastic sum of money for the time.

An incredibly committed volunteer throughout the years

Later, as the Gas Showroom was due to close, the owners offered the premises to Mary and Ann permanently to sell secondhand goods to the public.

The ladies then caught the attention of Acorns’ first CEO John Overton who had the idea of opening a shop to raise money for ‘children’, before even the name Acorns had been chosen.

The Cotteridge shop opened in 1986, two years before our first hospice on Oak Tree Lane and was the very first Acorns charity shop.

Mary has been an incredibly committed volunteer throughout the years, supporting both the Cotteridge and Kings Heath shops, before retiring in 2021.

In her own words, when reflecting on her service to Acorns, Mary said:

“I look on it that the children will not live to have a full or long life and I get huge pleasure from knowing that the effort I put into volunteering at the shops will help to benefit the children and their families.”

Find out how you can help Acorns be stronger together for local children and families by visiting our Stronger Together campaign.

For more information or for interview, photograph or filming opportunities, contact the PR and Communications team at news@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.

Woman in orange dress and man in suit, stand up to present. People at tables are clapping

Organisers were left ‘speechless’ as an amazing £15,000 was raised during an evening of culinary exploration when the Birmingham community came together to support Acorns Children’s Hospice.

Nearly 90 people joined the event to experience a dinner designed by TV Masterchef winner Dan Lee alongside a raffle and an auction to support the charity’s vital care for children with life limiting or life threatening conditions.

Members of the community and local businesses contributed a huge selection of prizes and gave their time to organise the sparkling event in support of Acorns and the care and support it provides to local families.

The Dine with Dan Lee event was organised by Acorns Business Ambassador Harriet Giles and Acorns Vice President Paul Cadman.

Harriet said: “I am still speechless and on cloud nine. The event was incredible and was a small idea that grew into an overwhelming evening of fun, laughter and some tears.

“I want thank the many people for their support in making this event happen and raise much needed funds for Acorns and the care for local children and their families.”

A big thank you to everyone who supported the event

The top auction prize was a private chef experience for six people with Dan Lee, who won the 2021 season of BBC TV’s Masterchef: The Professionals. Other auction and raffle prizes included a night at The Grand Hotel, a premium stay at Radisson Blue, and a host of dining and drink vouchers, from venues such as Couch, Eat Vietnam, Aluna, Zen Metro, The Wilderness and Alberts Schloss.

It took place at University College Birmingham (UCB) which also added a top-up donation of more than £4,000 to take the final amount to £15,000.

A top-class menu featured Dan’s TV winning dish of Hainanese chicken with chilli sambal. The food was cooked by new culinary students of UCB who received a standing ovation at the end of the evening.

Room of people sitting around tables, chatting with each other

Abi Coulson, Senior Partnerships Fundraising Manager for Acorns, said: “It was an incredible evening and thank you so much to everyone who gave so generously and helped make this event a huge success.

“It’s a wonderful example of what can be achieved when the community comes together to be stronger for local children and families. The money raised will make sure families facing unimaginable journeys will never go through them alone.”

Acorns Children’s Hospice provides specialist palliative care for children and young people with life limiting and life threatening conditions and support for their families. In the past year, the charity has cared for more than 700 children across the Birmingham and wider West Midlands, and almost 1,000 families, including those who are bereaved.

Acorns needs around £27,000 each day to provide its children’s hospice care, with two thirds of that amount coming from generous donations and fundraising by the local community. Find out how you can help Acorns be stronger together for local children and families by visiting our Stronger Together campaign.

For more information or for interview, photograph or filming opportunities, contact the PR and Communications team at news@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.

The Acorns mascots on the pitch with 5 children to pose for picture

This was the moment five proud children walked onto the pitch with their football heroes to kick off another super season of fundraising between Walsall FC and Acorns Children’s Hospice.

The little mascots joined players in front of hundreds of supporters as the club officially announced that it is again supporting Acorns and its work caring for life limited and life threatened children across the Black Country.

Acorns has been named as the Saddlers’ official charity partner for the 2023/24 season as the club and fans once again show their commitment to raising vital funds and awareness of the local lifeline.

Noel Cramer, Director of Supporter Engagement at Acorns, said:

“What an incredibly special day for everyone involved. At Acorns, we’re all about creating memories to treasure forever and seeing the smiles on the faces of the children as they walked out onto the pitch is a day I’m sure many will never forget.”

A memory to treasure forever

“It was the perfect way to celebrate another year of generous support from our friends at Walsall Football Club. We’re so grateful to the Saddlers and their dedicated fans – because of them we are stronger together for children and families across the Black Country.”

The children, who are all supported by Acorns, got huge applause from the crowd as they joined the line-up on Saturday (23 September) for Walsall FC’s clash against Wimbledon. They also got a special tour of the stadium, played football on the pitch, and their families got to watch proudly from the sidelines.

The Saddlers and their fans have raised over £30,700 towards the charity’s vital care for children across the region.

The mascots got to play football on the pitch with Walsall FC’s Swifty

Walsall FC Co-Chairman Leigh Pomlett said: “For several years Walsall Football Club and Acorns have worked in partnership. We are very proud to support this wonderful children’s hospice and we will continue to take an active interest in its progress.”

Acorns Children’s Hospice provides specialist palliative care for children and young people with life limiting and life threatening conditions and support for their families.

In the past year, the charity has cared for more than 700 children across the Black Country and wider West Midlands, and almost 1,000 families, including those who are bereaved.

Acorns needs around £27,000 each day to provide its children’s hospice care, with two thirds of that amount coming from generous donations and fundraising by the local community.

For more information or for interview, photograph or filming opportunities, contact the PR and Communications team at news@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.

A family-run DIY store has shown that saving pennies can really add up after just one collection tin raised an incredible £25,000 for Acorns Children’s Hospice.

E J McGann Hardware and DIY, in Great Barr, has been encouraging customers to round up their purchases to the nearest pound and donate the difference to local children and families for 18 years.

Shop mascot’s toothy grin

Now those pennies have become over £25,000 for Acorns and its work caring for children with life limiting and life threatening conditions.

Shop owner Stuart McGann said: “To raise such an amount makes us feel fantastic We sometimes spend our lives moaning about all the little problems we have, but that pales into insignificance to some things parents go through.

“The fundraising goes back to when my mum and dad played golf, and supported the charity when they were both captains. My dad said if you’ve got a collection box, I will put it in the shop. It’s been here ever since.”

Stuart’s dad Ted and mum Ann have since retired but raising money for Acorns has become a family tradition. The shop also sells golf balls and collects scrap metal to help raise further charity funds, with the overall total now standing at an impressive £25,804.

Even the family’s dog Rambo, a 15-year-old Jack Russell and Pug cross, who is the shop’s mascot, helps spread the word on social media with his ‘toothy grin’.

Stuart added: “We have been in business for 40 years and fundraising for Acorns is something that has been passed down through the years. It’s nice to support a local charity and to give something back to such a worthwhile cause.”

Local shops and businesses are being urged to join the McGann store and get their own collection tins and help Acorns continue to be there for children and families who need the charity’s lifeline care.

Shop Mascot Rambo the dog with a certificate

“We have been in business for 40 years and fundraising for Acorns is something that has been passed down through the years. It’s nice to support a local charity and to give something back to such a worthwhile cause.”

A huge thank you

Claire Snape, Area Fundraising Manager for Acorns Children’s Hospice said: “It really goes to show that pennies do turn into pounds – over £25,000 of them! This is such a wonderful example of the local community coming together and doing their bit to support Acorns. A huge thank you to Stuart, Ted, Ann and Rambo and their amazing customers.

“This support means so much to us and proves that every donation, large or small, really makes a difference to children and families who rely on our care and support. So, if you’ve got space for a collection tin, please get in touch – help us be stronger together.”

For more information or for interview, photograph or filming opportunities, contact the PR and Communications team at news@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.

A beautiful display of dedication cards in the Garden of Wishes.

An awe-inspiring field of metal dandelions stood as the poignant culmination of a moving campaign from Acorns Children’s Hospice to remember lost loved ones.

Hundreds of limited-edition symbolic sculptures formed a special Garden of Wishes at the charity’s hospice for the Three Counties marking the close of this year’s Acorns Dandelion Appeal.

The campaign has captured the hearts of people across the West Midlands who, in paying tribute to their much-missed loved ones, are helping Acorns continue its care and support for local families during the darkest of times.

Those making dedications were invited to a special viewing of the installation on Saturday (9th September) in a touching spectacle that saw hundreds of the charity’s special-edition dandelions fill the garden at Acorns hospice in Worcester along with dozens of messages of love.

Siega Benwell, Deputy Matron at Acorns for the Three Counties, who joined the opening of the Garden of Wishes, said: “It has been wonderful to see the dandelions in our hospice garden. All of these beautiful sculptures, with their special messages, represent love which is felt all around our hospices each and every day.

Deputy Matron at Acorns Children’s Hospice, Siega Benwell, outside in the Garden of Wishes.

“Seeing so many moving messages is a privilege and shows just how much our supporters have taken our Dandelion Appeal into their hearts. Thank you to everyone who chose to remember someone special in this way. Your support means parents facing the unimaginable loss of their child will never be alone.”

Acorns Children’s Hospice provides specialist palliative care for children and young people with life limiting and life threatening conditions, as well as support for their families from its three hospices, based in Walsall, Birmingham and Worcester, and in the community. In the past year, the charity has cared for more than 700 children and supported almost 1,000 families, including those who have lost a child.

For more information or for interview, photograph or filming opportunities, contact the PR and Communications team at news@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.

Garden of wishes

A stunning limited-edition dandelion sculpture is the poignant symbol behind a new charity appeal from Acorns Children’s Hospice, that’s capturing the hearts of people across the West Midlands.

The bespoke handmade ornaments represent Acorns care and support for local families during the darkest of times and are being made available as part of the charity’s summer campaign, the Acorns Dandelion Appeal.

The Appeal invites loved ones, friends and supporters to remember someone special by dedicating one of these exclusive sculptures in their memory, and in doing so help the charity’s specialist care teams continue to be there when the unimaginable happens and a parent loses their child.

Dedications of support

Over 270 dandelions have been dedicated since the campaign launched last week. With limited numbers available, people are being urged to get theirs now and make a meaningful difference as they remember their loved ones.

Jo Flemming, Acorns Interim Director of Care, said: “Losing a child is one of the hardest things a parent will ever go through. Acorns Dandelion Appeal is dedicated to raising money to help us continue to be there for those families when the unimaginable happens.

“We’ve had such an incredible response to our appeal in its first few days, with our local community really taking its message into their hearts. Over 270 dandelions have been dedicated to honour the lives of much missed loved ones. Every donation made with them means we can be there for parents facing the loss of their child every step of the way, giving them the vital love, care and support they need.”

Garden of Wishes

Each dandelion dedicated will be included in a special Garden of Wishes in a touching spectacle that will see hundreds of these special-edition symbols fill the garden at Acorns for the Three Counties in Worcester.

Anyone dedicating a dandelion will be invited to attend the Garden of Wishes for an exclusive viewing before each one is carefully packaged and posted to supporters for them to display in their own garden.

Supporters simply wishing to own a dandelion sculpture, can also make a donation without making a dedication.

Jo added: “These beautiful sculptures have been exclusively designed for Acorns and our Dandelion Appeal, meaning we have a very limited number available.

“So, if our campaign touches you, either because you want to remember someone or because you want to send your love and special wishes to those local families who need us, don’t delay. Make your dedication today!”

Acorns Children’s Hospice provides specialist palliative care for life limited and life threatened children and support for their families from its three hospices, based in Walsall, Birmingham and Worcester, and in the community.

In the past year, the charity has cared for more than 700 children and supported almost 1,000 families, including those who have lost a child.

Support Acorns Dandelion Appeal today. By making a dedication for a suggested donation of £25, you can own a limited-edition garden sculpture and help families who turn to Acorns when they need it most.

For more information or for interview, photograph or filming opportunities, contact the PR and Communications team at news@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.

Acorns staff and families playing table ping pong with Walsall FC team

Young football fans scored a victory on Thursday (27 July) as stars from Walsall FC paid a special visit to Acorns Children’s Hospice in the Black Country.

Head Coach Mat Sadler, team Captain Donervon Daniels and Goalkeeper Owen Evans took a break from training to spend time with children, families, staff and volunteers at the hospice in Walstead Road.

The good sports took part in football-themed games and crafts and enjoyed tasty cupcakes iced in Walsall FC’s red and white colours.

 

Another season of support

The visit also celebrated yet another year of support for Acorns as one of the Club’s official charity partners, with over £7,000 raised during this season towards Acorns and its care for children with life limiting and life threatening conditions.

Walsall FC Head Coach Mat Sadler said: “Acorns plays such a vital role in our community and we want to continue to support them and grow our connection with the hospice. We want to show them just how much they mean to us as our official charity partners by doing all we can to enhance our already strong relationship with everyone here.

This season’s fundraising success marks four years of Club and fan support for Acorns in the Black Country and the 200 children and families who rely on its care each year.

“It has been great to come down to the hospice today and take part in some of the games with the children who are here. Bringing some of the squad along as well further strengthens the bond that we are looking to continuously grow with the local community and I hope this is the first of many visits to come.”

Saving our Walsall hospice

Walsall FC was among the first organisations to join the campaign to save the long-term future of the local lifeline after it was placed at risk of closure due to financial difficulties in 2019.

The Saddlers raised over £10,000 towards the Save Acorns Black Country Hospice Appeal, which successfully secured the long-term future of the Walsall-based facility.

More recently, the Club announced Acorns as their official charity partner for the 2022/23 season, raising vital funds and awareness of the charity’s Room to Grow Appeal to help to modernise the spaces at the hospice where children and families spend precious time.

 

Stronger Together

Carmel Caldicott, Matron at Acorns in the Black Country, said: “We’ve all had such a fun afternoon! The children always look forward to the Club’s visits and seeing the players – they’re all huge footballs fans and love getting involved in sporty crafts and activities.

“We’re so grateful to Walsall FC and Saddlers fans for really taking Acorns into their hearts and giving us such amazing support year after year. We couldn’t continue our lifeline care and support without the backing of local organisations like Walsall FC.

“Not only does the Club raise vital funds, but they also really help to spread the word about the work we do and our children’s hospice care. It’s a wonderful example of how we really are stronger together.”

Acorns needs £27,000 each day to provide its children’s hospice care, with around 65% of these funds coming from the local community and partnerships with local businesses and sporting clubs like Walsall FC.

Find out how you can help Acorns be Stronger Together.

 

For more information or for interview, photograph or filming opportunities, contact the PR and Communications team at news@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.

Hundreds of families cared for by Acorns are set to benefit thanks to a major supermarket partnership.

Supermarket chain Morrisons have announced a fundraising total of £5 million for charity partner Together for Short Lives (TfSL) – an amount which will be distributed by TfSL across the UK’s children’s hospices, including Acorns.

The partnership, which launched last year, aims to raise £10 million for children’s hospice care by October 2024, an amount Morrisons is working towards through staff fundraising and by giving customers opportunities to donate in-store and online.

“Incredible achievement”

Simon Cowell, a Patron of Together for Short Lives for the past 14 years, hailed the partnership and the difference the money would make to the lives of families caring for a seriously ill child.

He said: “This is such an incredible achievement and Morrisons colleagues, customers and suppliers should be extremely proud of reaching this milestone together.

“The work Together for Short Lives does to support families and the 54 UK children’s hospices that care for them is so important, so these funds will make such a difference. I cannot thank them enough for their amazing support.”

Acorns supports the whole family

In the West Midlands, Morrisons customers will be familiar with mum Shabana and her daughter Haniya, 8, from Ward End, Birmingham. The family are the ‘faces’ of the campaign locally and visible on items such as posters and leaflets inside each store.

Haniya, who has Leigh Syndrome – a rare neurometabolic disorder – uses Acorns in Birmingham, Selly Oak and is one of the more than 700 children every year cared for at the charity’s three hospices.

Mum Shabana says: “Acorns isn’t just there for me and Haniya. Acorns is there for all of us. I’ve got three other kids and I can’t give them time because I’m with Haniya 24/7. I feel guilty about that. But Acorns is a place for them too.

“Acorns have changed my state of mind. I don’t know what I’d do without them, they’re there for me no matter what.”

 

Together for Short Lives

Together for Short Lives is the leading UK charity for children’s palliative care, supporting hospices like Acorns and the families they care for. The partnership with Morrisons is raising vital funds for children’s hospices as well as raising awareness of the services they offer for those who could benefit.

Together for Short Lives CEO, Andy Fletcher, said: “We are thrilled that Morrisons colleagues have reached this incredible £5 million pound milestone. It will make such a difference to the work we do with families and provide much-needed funds for local children’s hospices. A huge thank you to Morrisons colleagues, customers and suppliers from Together for Short Lives and the 99,000 children living with a life-limited condition in the UK.”

Morrisons CEO, David Potts, said: “We are delighted to have raised £5m for Together for Short Lives. Our colleagues and customers are dedicated to raising vital funds for local children’s hospices so that they can provide care to seriously ill children and help families spend precious time together.”

Acorns provides a network of specialist palliative care for children and support for the whole family. It costs the charity £10 million every year to continue and it relies on donations for the bulk of this amount.

For more information or for interview, photograph or filming opportunities, contact the PR and Communications team at news@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.

Family posing for photo covered in a sea of multi-coloured suds

It was bubbles galore at Walsall Arboretum on Sunday 23 July as hundreds of foamy fundraisers flocked to the Black Country beauty spot to show their support for local children and their families.

Acorns Bubble Rush saw over 750 friends and families jog, walk and slide through a sea of multi-coloured suds around a fun-filled 5k course.

The event, which is sponsored by Talbots Law, was held to raise vital funds for Acorns and its care for children and young people with life limiting and life threatening conditions across the Black Country and wider West Midlands.

Hollie Edwards, Events Officer at Acorns Children’s Hospice, said: “What an amazing day! The atmosphere was incredible, with more bubbles than you can possibly imagine.

“Nothing beats seeing hundreds of smiling faces having an absolute blast as they raise vital funds to help us continue our work. Our local community is amazing – and today has been yet another fantastic show of support for Acorns and the children and families who rely on our lifeline care.”

Acorns Bubble Rush saw ‘bubblers’ blasted with neon bubbles from four mega canons as they completed two laps around the Arboretum.

And when the run was done, participants joined family and friends for more fun in Acorns Event Village, which was home to music, food stalls, games, face painting, and even Acorns very own Bubbleologist.

Hollie added:

“We want to say a huge thank you to everyone who helped make this truly memorable event possible from our event sponsor and cannon sponsors to our wonderful volunteers and of course, our eventers. Acorns Bubble Rush wouldn’t be Acorns Bubble Rush without you!

“For anyone who has got the Bubble Rush bug, why not secure your place at next year’s soapy spectacular now? With your continued support we are stronger together for the children and families that need us.”

Acorns needs £27,000 each day to provide its children’s hospice care, with around 65% of these funds coming from the local community and fundraising events like Bubble Rush.

Interested in taking part next year? Let us know you’re interested in Acorns Bubble Rush 2024.

Can’t see your photo here? Check out all our Bubble Rush photos on our Facebook page.

Family posing for photo covered in a sea of multi-coloured suds
Woman laughing in a sea of multi-coloured suds
Mother with child on shoulders wading through a thick sea of foam
Two friends smiling for a photo covered in suds
Family posing for photo covered in a sea of multi-coloured suds
Family posing for photo covered in a sea of multi-coloured suds
Father with child on shoulders wading through a thick sea of foam
Family posing for photo covered in a sea of multi-coloured suds

For more information or for interview, photograph or filming opportunities, contact the PR and Communications team at news@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.