Generous pupils at a Birmingham special school have raised more than £370 for Acorns Children’s Hospice.
Year 9 students at Selly Oak Trust School organised a day-long charity event aimed at raising vital funds to help Acorns continue its work caring for local children and their families.
The pupils, whose school is next door neighbour to Acorns hospice in Oak Tree Lane, Selly Oak, were inspired to host a fundraiser for the charity after learning about Acorns in assembly.
An impressive £756.85 was raised during the event, which took place earlier this month, with the funds being split between Acorns and Selly Oak Trust School.
Andy Povey, Head of Year 9, said: “As a neighbour to Acorns we wanted to do something that would help to raise awareness of the charity and money as well as promote the work we do at Selly Oak. We named the event Acorns Oak as a way of celebrating the two.
“I can’t put into words how special Acorns and its staff are. It’s a lifeline for families and a place that’s full of joy. I hope this event helps to cement our relationship with Acorns and the wider community. ”
Fundraising activities on the day included face painting, name the bear, skittles, a cake sale, memory tree, glitter tattoos and a balloon release, with stalls created and manned by pupils.
16 year olds Daniel Dolan and Dylan Jay-Coates also wrote a rap song inspired by Acorns, which the duo hope to record and sell to raise additional funds. It features the lyrics ‘Acorns, where people get to be happy, even in their darkest days’ and ‘Acorns, where happy hearts are made’.
Dee Mccann, Volunteer Manager for Acorns, said: “It’s wonderful that children at Selly Oak were so inspired after hearing about Acorns they felt moved to organise a day of fundraising. They’ve raised a fantastic amount.
“As neighbours, it’s important that Selly Oak Trust School and Acorns support and encourage one another and events like these will only serve to strengthen that relationship. From all of us at Acorns, I want to say a huge thank you to Selly Oak staff and students!”
Acorns provides specialist palliative care to life limited and life threatened children and young people, as well as support for the family. In the past year Acorns has provided care to more than 870 children and over 1,090 families, including those who are bereaved.
To find out how you could support Acorns, please visit www.acorns.org.uk
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Photo caption: A whole host of fun activities were on offer at Selly Oak Trust School’s fundraising day 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 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