Head Nurse Calls for Adventurers to Take on the Challenge of a Lifetime

Head Nurse at Acorns Children’s Hospice Lindsey Homer

The Head Nurse at Acorns Children’s Hospice is calling for intrepid individuals to make a difference and sign-up for the trip of a lifetime.

Lindsey Homer who works at Acorns in Birmingham, Selly Oak, is taking on the Acorns Great Wall of China Trek to help raise vital funds towards the charity’s work providing care for life limited and life threatened children in their 30th anniversary year.

Lindsey, who has worked at Acorns for 23 years, said: “This really is the challenge of a lifetime. I can’t wait to pull on my walking boots and get trekking for Acorns. It’s a unique opportunity to see one of the Seven Wonders of the World, I’m excited to get off the beaten path and explore remote sections of the wall.

“Most importantly though the trek will help us to raise the vital funds we need to keep caring for the children, and supporting the families who need us, for the next 30 years and beyond. I’d urge anyone who relishes a challenge and wants to make a difference to join me on this trek.”

The trek, which takes place from the 5-13 October will see participants cross ancient watch towers, climb the ‘Heavenly Ladder’ and even play a part in the restoration of the Great Wall by laying a brick and placing a memento.

Phillippa Weatherhead, Senior Events Officer at Acorns, said “We are looking for 30 fabulous fundraisers to join us for this challenge, in honour of our 30th year. For many this will be a personal journey, but equally for others an adventure of a lifetime to experience. Our first overseas challenge was a China Trek so it’s fantastic to be able to recreate that for our 30th celebrations.”

It costs Acorns nearly £10 million every year to provide their care services and they rely on fundraising and the generosity of the public to fund the majority of this amount.

To find out more or sign up visit www.acorns.org.uk/chinatrek

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David Chamberlain, tel: 01564 825020 / 07817 612 422 / david.chamberlain@acorns.org.uk
Jamie Perry, tel: 01564 825063/ 07971 913 042 / jamie.perry@acorns.org.uk

Note 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 Children’s Hospice are celebrating their 30th anniversary year. Acorns in Birmingham was opened in 1988, Acorns in the Black Country was opened in 2000, and Acorns for the Three Counties was opened in 2005. To find out more about what we’re doing to celebrate 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 www.acorns.org.uk/30years