A determined 30-year-old will be heading back to his home city to help raise funds for a charity that offered vital care and support throughout his childhood.
Luke Corbet, who is aiming to raise £1,000 for Acorns, will travel all the way from the Isle of Wight to take on Birmingham’s biggest half marathon as a ‘thank you’ to Acorns Children’s Hospice.
Luke, who is partially sighted and has Asperger’s syndrome, says nothing will stop him from completing the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run and giving back to the charity that ‘means so much’ to him.
He said: “This event will challenge me on so many different levels mentally and physically but doing it for Acorns Children’s Hospice, knowing it will give money to those who support families at a desperate time, will push me to complete it.”
The former Sutton Coldfield resident, who now lives in Newport, was born with chronic renal failure and received care and support at Acorns in Birmingham, based in Selly Oak.
Luke, who has had just seven months to train for the event, benefited from respite services and short stays, as well as youth groups and day trips.
Luke explained: “It’s quite hard to explain how much Acorns means to me – it’s the feeling where you are just set free. It really helped my confidence.”
The October 14 challenge is not the first time Luke has raised money for Acorns. The daredevil took part in the Acorns Villa Abseil in 2015, abseiling over 100 feet down the football club’s iconic Holte End.
Call centre worker Luke returns to the city as Acorns celebrates 30 years of providing care and support to children with life limiting and life threatening conditions.
Luke said: “I signed up for this event because it’s going back to my home city and back to where it all began. That it is happening at the same time the hospice is celebrating its 30th anniversary is a brilliant coincidence. It’s definitely fate.”
Acorns has a limited number of free places available for the Great Birmingham Run for runners who raise £250 towards the charity’s care for local children and families.
Sam Greatrex, Senior Events Manager for Acorns, said: “This is an exciting opportunity to take on an epic challenge to help us continue our vital work. By taking part, Luke will make a real difference to local children and their families and we’re incredibly grateful for his support.”
As a member of Team Acorns runners will receive an exclusive Acorns running vest or t-shirt, fundraising advice and support to help you hit your target and regular email updates from the events team.
Acorns Children’s Hospice provides specialist palliative care to children and young people as well as support for the family. It costs the charity nearly £10 million every year to provide its services and it relies on fundraising for the bulk of this amount.
To donate to Luke’s JustGiving page visit: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/luke-corbet1
Photo caption: Luke Corbet received care from Acorns in Birmingham throughout his childhood.
Photo caption: Luke is heading home to take on the Simplyhealth Great Birmingham Run for Acorns.
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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 anniversary. 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 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 www.acorns.org.uk