The much-loved Black Country comedian Doreen Tipton popped into Acorns Children’s Hospice today (24 June 2021) for a special visit to celebrate the success of the charity’s recent fundraising Appeal.
Doreen, who in November 2020 launched a virtual pantomime in aid of the Save Acorns Black Country Hospice Appeal, visited the charity’s Walsall-based hospice for an entertaining reading of her book of children’s verse: “Poetry in my Ocean.” After meeting staff, volunteers and children at the hospice, the self-proclaimed ‘Queen of the Black Country’ said: “I’d heard that Acorns fundraising Appeal had been a success, so I thought I’d pop-in to the hospice to see how everyone was getting on.
“It was great to meet all the staff and children and treat them to a bit of the book. They even baked me a cake especially, which went down very nicely.”
Last year’s virtual panto, ‘Doreen’s Cinderella’ was launched to raise funds for Acorns in the Black Country, which Acorns recently announced had been saved, thanks to the support of the community.
Jackie Griffiths, Head Nurse at Acorns in the Black Country, said: “We were so grateful to Doreen for her support for the Appeal last year, so it was great to finally welcome her to Acorns for a special visit.
“Everyone had a lot of fun meeting her, hearing some of the poems and having a bit of a loff in the process!”
Acorns Children’s Hospice provides a network of specialist palliative care for children and support for their families. It costs the charity £27,000 a day to run its care services and it relies on fundraising for the bulk of that amount.
For more information about Doreen and her children’s books, visit: www.doreentipton.com
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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.
- It costs £27,000 every day to run Acorns services providing care for children and support for their families. The charity relies heavily on donations to fund the majority of its activities.