A Wolverhampton teenager has been chosen as the face of a fundraising appeal launched by Acorns Children’s Hospice.
Ellie Cartwright, from Fordhouses, is asking members of the public to support the Acorns campaign which aims to raise £13,000 in vital funds towards the charity’s care and teenagers like her in similar situations.
The 14-year-old has a rare form of muscular dystrophy which she says prevents her from joining in lots of activities with her friends. But thanks to the specialist services and support Ellie receives from her local hospice, Acorns in the Black Country, based in Walsall, her confidence has grown.
Now, the teenager regularly enjoys Acorns youth clubs and adolescent stays with friends her own age. Ellie said: “If I didn’t have Acorns I wouldn’t be where I am today. That’s why I’m supporting this appeal and asking members of the public to give young people like me the opportunities I have had, and help make them feel less alone.”
The appeal asks supporters to donate towards Acorns and its work, which includes crucial youth groups and adolescent services which help reduce isolation and enable life limited and life threatened young people to lead as full a life as possible.
Ellie, who has been using Acorns and its services for the past three years, added: “It’s good to talk about what worries me with people who understand. My mum says my confidence has grown since I started visiting Acorns.
“It makes her happy that I now go out by myself and have people to talk to and hang out with. Mum can relax when I go there as she knows they will look after me just like she does. They keep me safe and are there if I need anything.”
Acorns, which in the past year cared for over 870 children across the Midlands, needs to raise nearly £10 million each year to continue, and it relies on fundraising for the bulk of that amount.
Naz Wardle-Bi, Adolescent Worker at Acorns, said: “The Adolescent Service at Acorns is so important to teenagers like Ellie. We offer young people the chance to meet others in similar situations; who face some of the same challenges.
“These services offer vital support to teenagers, boosting their mental health and wellbeing as well as their confidence – but we need your help to continue providing them. So please donate to help our work and young people like Ellie.”
To donate to the Acorns fundraising appeal, please visit www.acorns.org.uk/ellie
Photo caption: Ellie Cartwright is the face of Acorns new Summer Appeal.
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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 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