£20,000 Raised as Acorns Hosts Glittering 30th Anniversary Ball at the REP Theatre


Acorns Children’s Hospice has hosted a glittering fundraising ball to mark the charity’s 30th anniversary, raising £20,000 towards its vital care.

Held at the Birmingham Reperatory Theatre on Friday (11 May), the Great Gatsby themed event featured live entertainment, three-course meal and a sparkling drinks reception at the Birmingham Central Library Book Rotunda.

The event was hosted by Acorns President Kay Alexander MBE before invited guests – including representatives from businesses across the region – took part in a live auction and fundraising raffle.

The total amount was raised on the night towards Acorns and the charity’s work providing care for life limited and life threatened children and support for their families.

Toby Porter, Acorns Chief Executive, said: “A huge thank you to all the guests and supporters who attended what was a stunning night at the REP and Birmingham Central Library. It was a hugely fitting event to help mark Acorns 30th Anniversary and also help raise funds towards the £10 million it costs each year to run our services.”

2018 marks 30 years since Diana, Princess of Wales officially opened Acorns first hospice in Selly Oak, Birmingham, which at the time was only the third children’s hospice in world.

Toby added: “I’d also like to give a special mention and thanks to headline sponsors Tippers for gifting a generous £7,500 towards tonight’s event, so that more of the funds raised on the evening can be channeled into Acorns care services.”  

Acorns provides a network of specialist palliative care to children which includes short breaks, respite, emergency and end of life care. The charity also runs a number of support groups for the wider family, including parents, grandparents and siblings.

In the past year Acorns has cared for over 870 children and more than 1,090 families, including those who are bereaved.

To find out more about Acorns and how you can support the charity’s work, please visit www.acorns.org.uk


Photo caption: A selection of photos from the evening.

For more information or for interview, photograph or filming opportunities, contact the PR and Communications team:

Nicki Robinson: 01564 825062 / 07814 302153 / nicki.robinson@acorns.org.uk
David Chamberlain: 01564 825020 / 07817 612422 / david.chamberlain@acorns.org.uk
Jamie Perry: 01564 825063 / 07971 913042 / jamie.perry@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 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 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 acorns.org.uk/30years