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Mayor of Malvern, Acorns Children's HospiceThe Mayor of Malvern got tills ringing recently with a spot of volunteering at a Malvern charity shop.

Councillor Cynthia Palmer spent time in the Acorns Children’s Hospice shop in Barnard’s Green, where all money raised goes towards the charity and its care for life-limited and life-threatened children and support for their families.

Coun Palmer has adopted Acorns as her charity of the year and hopes to raise £5,000 through fundraising efforts during her 12 months in office.

The Mayor has volunteered at a variety of businesses in Malvern this month as part of her ‘Rent-the-Mayor’ initiative – which has seen her doing everything from pulling pints to sorting post.

Coun Palmer said: “I have really enjoyed volunteering across Malvern, meeting so many kind people and being able to collect as much as I possibly could for Acorns.

“I’ve visited Acorns in Worcester before and seen first-hand the vital work it does for children and families. It is such a special place and I’m thrilled that I have been able to raise so much for my charity of the year.”

As part of the Rent-the-Mayor campaign, businesses were able to contribute to Acorns in exchange for the Mayor’s time, while local people could donate when they saw her volunteering. 

Mandie Fitzgerald, Community Fundraising Manager at Acorns for the Three Counties, added: “It’s great that the Mayor has given up so much of her time to volunteer and to help raise funds to provide vital care for the children and families that use Acorns.

“Rent-the-Mayor has been a fantastic campaign and we’re thrilled that businesses right across Malvern and the local community both gave it such wonderful support.”

It costs Acorns nearly £10 million every year to provide its services and it relies on the generosity of the public for the majority of this amount.

To find out more about Acorns visit 


Acorns Children’s Hospice press information, please contact:

David Chamberlain, tel: 01564 825020 / 07817 612 422 /
Ben Mottram, tel: 01564 825063 / 07971 913 042 /

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’ – terms that are used by medical experts at the point of diagnosis of the child, and which are commonly used in the UK’s children’s hospice movement and paediatric palliative care communications. 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.

Acorns provides babies, children and young people aged 0 – 18 years who have life limiting or life threatening conditions and associated complex needs with a network of specialist palliative nursing care and support. A holistic service meets the needs of both the children and young people and their families, including the bereaved. This includes short break provision; emergency and end of life care; therapeutic and psychosocial support; sibling services; and family support. A package of care is tailored for each individual child which includes their medical, emotional, cultural, religious and spiritual needs. This package is provided both in the hospice and a family’s home.

It costs £9.6 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

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