Acorns Announces New Chairman

(L-R) Mark Hopton and David Butcher

Mark Hopton has been appointed Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Acorns Children’s Hospice. Mark will take over the role in mid-November  from the current Chairman, David Butcher.

Mark enjoyed a diverse and rewarding career with the global business advisory firm KPMG. He is also Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of the Board of Governors at Birmingham City University and Chairman of Governors at Solihull School.

Mark said: “It is no coincidence that each of my current responsibilities reflects a long held personal interest in the development, motivation and care for children and young people in this region, where I believe there is the greatest potential to help make a real difference. 

“Having already served as a trustee of Acorns for five years, I am looking forward to becoming the Chairman of this exceptional charity as we approach our 30th anniversary year, and to working closely with Toby Porter, our inspirational Chief Executive.

Acorns is currently reaching more children than ever before, with very high standards of care and support. Acorns as a charity is well-known and respected for the work we do across our local area.

Acorns began in Birmingham in 1988 and has grown to become the UK’s largest children’s hospice charity, working with more children and families today than ever before.

Mark added: “We could not have done this without the committed support of so many individuals and businesses across our region. As Chair, I am hoping to see Acorns build in its loyal supporter case and connect with a new generation of business leaders and employees in Birmingham and the West Midlands. 

“We want to develop strategic and mutually rewarding partnerships that build and sustain brands, engage and motivate employees and customers, and raise funds. Such partnerships will allow Acorns to be there for any child or family that needs our support.”

Acorns offers a network of specialist palliative care and support for babies, children and young people with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions and support for their families across the West Midlands.

It costs the charity nearly £10 million every year to continue providing these services and it relies on the generosity of the public for the majority of this amount. 

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