Acorns Children’s Hospice has hit the road in striking style as part of an exciting project to celebrate its 30th birthday.
The Charity’s unmissable bright-orange 80s themed caravan has been touring the Midlands collecting childhood memories from local people, and today (12 September) it paid a visit to Victoria Square to hear what Brummies had to say.
Sarah Bowron, Acorns 30th Anniversary Campaign Manager, said: “It was fantastic to be at Brum’s famous Floozy in the Jacuzzi today and so much fun to hear local people share their favourite childhood memories.
“We heard lots of mentions of TV programmes like Grange Hill, bands like Blur and Oasis, and films like Harry Potter, all key cultural touchstones since Acorns came into existence in 1988!”
The Caravan is part of the Acorns Story Box Project, a Heritage Lottery Funded project which aims to preserve the history of Acorns through a series of oral history interviews with key individuals from the past 30 years.
Sarah added: “Thanks to this grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, we have been given the opportunity to preserve our fascinating history for future generations. The Caravan is a great way to engage people with our anniversary and it was fabulous so many local people got involved.”
As well as featuring some of the best stories from today’s visit on its website, Acorns will also feature a selection in a special commemorative exhibition at the beginning of next year, alongside groundbreaking moments from the charity’s past.
Acorns provides a network of specialist care to children with life threatening and life limiting conditions, both within its three hospices, based in Birmingham, the Black Country and The Three Counties, and in family homes.
It costs the charity nearly £10 million every year to provide its services and it relies on fundraising for the bulk of this amount.
2018 marks 30 years since Princess Diana officially opened the first Acorns Hospice in Selly Oak, Birmingham.
To find out more about Acorns Story Box, please visit www.acorns.org.uk/StoryBox.
Photo caption: Sarah Bowron Acorns 30th Anniversary Campaign Manager
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Notes to editors:
About Acorns Children’s Hospice
- 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 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 acorns.org.uk
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