Acorns Very First Charity Shop Gets New Lease of Life

 

The very first charity shop opened by Acorns Children’s Hospice over 30 years ago, has been given a new lease of life thanks to an exciting makeover.

 

The Cotteridge shop, which opened in 1987, helped raise vital funds towards the construction of Acorns first hospice in Selly Oak, opened the following year by Diana Princess of Wales.

 

Fiona Cullinan and Chris Seymour-Smith, daughters of Acorns Hospice Shops founder Ann Cullinan, officially reopened the shop on Thursday 19 July, which now boasts an updated colour scheme and improved interior design.

 

Fiona said: “Mum’s passion for Acorns led her to found the first Acorns shops. It’s a legacy our family is very proud of. She would have been delighted to see how the shops have since grown in number and continue to support the hospices’ work – especially Cotteridge, which is where it all started. 

 

“I’m sure Mum would be very proud and we wish she could be here to see all the changes. It’s definitely a case of ‘from little Acorns, great oaks grow’ – long may it continue.”

 

Acorns first permanent shop, in Watford Road, was founded by local resident Ann Cullinan who led a loyal group of volunteers and fundraisers, affectionately known as Ann’s Army. A commemorative photograph honouring their dedication and determination was unveiled at Thursday’s reopening.

 

Val Hammond, Head of Retail for Acorns, said: “As our first charity shop, Cotteridge is very special to Acorns and it’s wonderful to have the founder’s daughters here to help reopen the store.

 

“It’s thanks to the dedication of their mum, Ann, and her loyal band of volunteers and fundraisers that Acorns is here in Cotteridge. Their hard work helped pave the way for our network of shops and our first hospice in Selly Oak.

 

“The Cotteridge shop is loved by customers as much today as it was when it opened more than 30 years ago, so I’m very excited to unveil the new-look store. We owe it to them to make sure they continue to have the best possible shopping experience.”

 

Acorns 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 Acorns has provided care to more than 870 children and over 1,090 families, including those who are bereaved. 

 

The network of Acorns retail shops raises around £1.1million per year, helping to meet the running costs of the charity’s three hospices and care in families’ homes, which stands at £11 million per year.

 

Donating good quality items 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.

 

Acorns is appealing for more volunteers to put their spare time and talent to good use at one of the charity’s 55 retail shops. For more information about volunteering opportunities, please visit www.acorns.org.uk/shop-volunteer 

 


ENDS

 

Photo caption 1: New lease of life… Acorns Chief Executive Toby Porter, Head of Retail Val Hammond, Fiona Cullinan, Chris Seymour-Smith and the Acorns Cotteridge team at the reopening.

 

Photo caption 2:  The new-look shop. 

 

Photo caption 3: Remembering Ann… Ann’s daughters Fiona and Chris with a commemorative photograph which will hang proudly in the shop.

 

Photo caption 4: Acorns Cotteridge reopens to shoppers after a makeover.

 

Photo caption 5: Acorns Hospice Shops Founder Ann Cullinan.

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

David Chamberlain: 01564 825020 / 07817 612422 / david.chamberlain@acorns.org.uk

Nicki Robinson: 01564 825062 / 07814 302153 / nicki.robinson@acorns.org.uk

 

Notes to editors:

The very first charity shop opened by Acorns Children’s Hospice over 30 years ago, has been given a new lease of life thanks to an exciting makeover.

 

The Cotteridge shop, which opened in 1987, helped raise vital funds towards the construction of Acorns first hospice in Selly Oak, opened the following year by Diana Princess of Wales.

 

Fiona Cullinan and Chris Seymour-Smith, daughters of Acorns Hospice Shops founder Ann Cullinan, officially reopened the shop on Thursday 19 July, which now boasts an updated colour scheme and improved interior design.

 

Fiona said: “Mum’s passion for Acorns led her to found the first Acorns shops. It’s a legacy our family is very proud of. She would have been delighted to see how the shops have since grown in number and continue to support the hospices’ work – especially Cotteridge, which is where it all started. 

 

“I’m sure Mum would be very proud and we wish she could be here to see all the changes. It’s definitely a case of ‘from little Acorns, great oaks grow’ – long may it continue.”

 

Acorns first permanent shop, in Watford Road, was founded by local resident Ann Cullinan who led a loyal group of volunteers and fundraisers, affectionately known as Ann’s Army. A commemorative photograph honouring their dedication and determination was unveiled at Thursday’s reopening.

 

Val Hammond, Head of Retail for Acorns, said: “As our first charity shop, Cotteridge is very special to Acorns and it’s wonderful to have the founder’s daughters here to help reopen the store.

 

“It’s thanks to the dedication of their mum, Ann, and her loyal band of volunteers and fundraisers that Acorns is here in Cotteridge. Their hard work helped pave the way for our network of shops and our first hospice in Selly Oak.

 

“The Cotteridge shop is loved by customers as much today as it was when it opened more than 30 years ago, so I’m very excited to unveil the new-look store. We owe it to them to make sure they continue to have the best possible shopping experience.”

 

Acorns 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 Acorns has provided care to more than 870 children and over 1,090 families, including those who are bereaved.

 

The network of Acorns retail shops raises around £1.1million per year, helping to meet the running costs of the charity’s three hospices and care in families’ homes, which stands at £11 million per year.

 

Donating good quality items 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.

 

Acorns is appealing for more volunteers to put their spare time and talent to good use at one of the charity’s 55 retail shops. For more information about volunteering opportunities, please visit acorns.org.uk/shop-volunteer

 


ENDS

 

Photo caption 1: Acorns Cotteridge reopens to shoppers after a makeover.

 

Photo caption 2: Remembering Ann… Ann’s daughters Fiona and Chris with a commemorative photograph which will hang proudly in the shop.

 

Photo caption 3: New lease of life… Acorns Chief Executive Toby Porter, Head of Retail Val Hammond, Fiona Cullinan, Chris Seymour-Smith and the Acorns Cotteridge team at the reopening.

 

Photo caption 4: The new-look shop.

 

Photo caption 5: Acorns Hospice Shops Founder Ann Cullinan.

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

David Chamberlain: 01564 825020 / 07817 612422 / david.chamberlain@acorns.org.uk

Nicki Robinson: 01564 825062 / nicki.robinson@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 £11 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