His Royal Highness, the Duke of Cambridge paid a special visit to Acorns Children’s Hospice in Birmingham, to see first-hand the charity’s vital work.
The Duke was led on a tour of the hospice’s specialist facilities and given an insight into the charity’s work by Acorns Young Ambassadors, Assya Shabir and Bradley Addison.
His Royal Highness met families using the hospice multisensory room and taking part in a hydrotherapy session with a Physiotherapist before meeting children and families enjoying a stay-and-play session in the hospice lounge.
During the visit, the Duke was also reacquainted with fellow Aston Villa FC fan and Acorns Ambassador Moin Younis following the pair’s recent introduction at the Pride of Britain Awards last year.
Commenting on the visit, Acorns Chief Executive, Toby Porter, said: “It was a day none of us will ever forget at Acorns. It was quite magical for us to see the pleasure it gave the children and the families to meet the Duke at the Birmingham hospice opened by his mother 30 years ago. What a fantastic 30th anniversary present for everyone at Acorns.
“We are proud and grateful to our two Acorns Young Ambassadors Assya and Bradley, for doing such a wonderful job leading the tour. We are confident HRH will have left with a proper insight into the care delivered by our incredible staff and volunteers, and we hope he enjoyed his visit.
“We talk about the importance of making special memories for the children and families who come to Acorns – never more so than today.
Following the tour of the hospice, the Duke met a group of Acorns Patrons, staff and supporters before unveiling a plaque to commemorate the visit. The plaque will be placed in position next to an existing plaque at the hospice, installed to mark the hospice’s official opening by Princess Diana in 1988.
Toby added: “This visit will be the absolute highlight of Acorns 30th anniversary year. We now look forward to the next 30 years and with the continued support of the community, our incredible volunteers and generous donors, ensure we’ll always be there for the children and families who need us.”
In the past year, Acorns has provided care for more than 870 children and over 1,000 families, making it the UK’s largest children’s hospice charity.
It costs Acorns nearly £10 million every year to provide its care and it relies on the public for the majority of this amount.
For more information about Acorns, please visit www.acorns.org.uk
Photo caption: Selection of photos from the visit
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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 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 acorns.org.uk