Acorns First Charity Shop is Closing for Makeover

The very first charity shop opened to raise money for Acorns Children’s Hospice over 30 years ago is closing for an exciting makeover. 


The Cotteridge shop, which helped raise money towards the construction of Acorns first hospice in Selly Oak, will close for two weeks from today (Monday, July 2) to allow the refurbishment to take place. When it reopens, it will showcase a fresh new interior.


Shop Deputy Manager, Rita Cox, said: “We’re very excited to come back and show off the changes to our customers. All the staff and volunteers work so hard to make sure the shop is as inviting and as welcoming as possible, so we can’t wait to reopen with a brand-new look in a couple of weeks.”


Acorns first permanent shop was founded by Ann Cullinan in November 1987. What started out as just one shop in Watford Road has developed into a chain of 55 retail outlets across in the West Midlands.


Today, the network of Acorns retail shops raises around £1.1million per year, which helps to meet the running costs of the charity’s three hospices and care in families’ homes, which stands at £10 million per year.


Val Hammond, Head of Retail for Acorns, said: “As our very first charity shop, it was important that Cotteridge store was given a makeover during Acorns 30th anniversary year.


“Thanks to the dedication of staff and volunteers, the Cotteridge shop has been loved and embraced by the community for over 30 years. It’s only fair that we reward that loyalty with the best possible shopping experience.”


Acorns Children’s Hospice provides specialist palliative care to life limited and life threatened children and young people, as well as support for the family. In the past year, the charity has provided care to more than 870 children and over 1,090 families, including those who are bereaved. 


Donating good quality items to Acorns shops including clothing, shoes, toys, books, CDs and DVDs and household goods is a quick way to support Acorns and all profits made go directly back to the charity.


To find out more about how you could support Acorns, visit




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

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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


  • 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.