Glamorous Summer Ball Raises £19,100 for Acorns Children’s Hospice

A glittering ball to raise money for a Worcester based charity which provides vital care for local children and families has raised an incredible £19,100.


Acorns Children’s Hospice held a glamorous Summer Ball last Saturday 16 June as part of a series of events to mark the charity’s 30th anniversary celebrations. The Ball was organised by a group of dedicated volunteers and staff from the Three Counties Hospice.


More than 260 guests attended the black tie evening at Stanbrook Abbey, which was held to raise money for Acorns towards the charity’s care for life limited and life threatened children, and support for their families.


Acorns President Kay Alexander MBE welcomed guests who enjoyed a raffle, live auction, silent auction as well as a whole host of entertainment, from live music and a photo booth to singing waiters and a disco.


Katreena Barnes, Volunteers Manager for Acorns, said: “We’re thrilled that so many people were able to attend this fantastic event, and give so generously to Acorns. What an incredible amount!


“We’re currently caring for over 800 children and supporting more than 1,000 families, including those who are bereaved, so the money raised at events like the Summer Ball is crucial for us to continue our work.”


Acorns provides specialist palliative care to life limited and life threatened children and young people at its three hospices, Acorns for the Three Counties, in Bath Road, Acorns in Birmingham and Acorns in the Black Country.


It costs nearly £10 million a year to run Acorns services and the charity relies heavily on the generosity of the community and local businesses for the majority of this amount.


For more information about Acorns, please visit




Photo caption: Acorns glittering Summer Ball at Stanbrook Abbey has raised a staggering £19,100 for the charity.


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

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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


  • 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.