Former Goodyear Workers to Fund Brand New Acorns Multi-sensory Room

Children and families across the Black Country are set to benefit thanks to a generous £21,000 donation from former Goodyear workers to Acorns Children’s Hospice.

The 5/344 Transport and General Workers Union Benevolent scheme has donated the impressive amount to refurbish the multi-sensory therapy room at the charity’s hospice, Acorns in the Black Country, which is based in Walsall.

Deputy Head Nurse at Acorns, Carmel Forrest, said: “We are really overwhelmed and delighted to accept this wonderful donation from the benevolent scheme and a huge thank you to all the former employees whose generosity has helped make this possible.

“Multisensory therapy is an important part of work – using a combination of light, sound and touch for stimulation and relaxation. This type of therapy is really beneficial to the life limited children and young people we care for, so the donation will make a real difference.”

The Benevolent scheme was established following the closure of the Wolverhampton Goodyear Tyre factory in 2015, from what was the workers’ sick pay fund. The scheme is currently supporting over 40 different charity projects in Wolverhampton and the black country.

Cyril Barrett, Chairman of the 5/344 Transport and General Workers union Benevolent fund, said: “When the opportunity came to support Acorns Children’s Hospice, the Trustees and management committee were only too delighted to get involved. This charity fits everything that we are all about.

“This is one project we’re particularly pleased to be supporting; it supports the children and families and Acorns staff who do what we believe to be a wonderful job. It’s part of a proud living legacy to our communities in Wolverhampton and the Black Country who were members of the scheme since 1985.”

In the past year Acorns has provided care to more than 870 children and over 1090 families, including those who are bereaved.

It costs Acorns nearly £10 million every year to continue providing its services and it relies on fundraising and voluntary donations for the majority of this amount.

To find out how you can support Acorns, please visit

To find out more about the 5/344 Transport and General Workers Union Benevolent scheme, please contact Cyril on, 07768 646 663.





Photo caption: (L-R) Carmel Forrest, Deputy Head Nurse at Acorns and Cyril Barrett in the multi-sensory therapy room at Acorns in the Black Country, Walsall

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

David Chamberlain: 01564 825020 / 07817 612422 /

Nicki Robinson: 01564 825062 / 07814 302153 /

Jamie Perry: 01564 825063 / 07971 913042 /



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.