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Sparks were flying last night (20 April) as daredevils hot-footed over to the Black Country Living Museum in Dudley for a special fundraising event.

The Acorns Children’s Hospice Firewalk saw over 200 participants walk barefoot across red-hot embers in front of cheering crowds to raise money for the charity and its care for local children and their families.

Lynda Hadley, Events Co-ordinator at Acorns, said: “It was such a fabulous event and thanks to all the brave fundraisers for putting themselves on the line for a good cause.

“We’re really grateful to the Black Country Living Museum for helping us put on this event and for providing such a stunning backdrop for all the fundraisers, their friends and families.” 

The event also featured a number of fundraisers taking part on behalf of Black Country Living Museum, helping to raise funds to refurbish a learning space in their authentic Edwardian school, providing much-needed facilities for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.

Katy Price, Development Manager at BCLM, said: “It was wonderful to work in partnership with Acorns to hold such a fabulous event at the Museum. We’re grateful that so many people rose to the challenge to support these two charities and the amazing work they do in the local area.”

Acorns provides specialist care for life limited and life threatened children and young people and support for their families, which it delivers through its three hospices including Acorns for the Black Country, based in Walsall. 

In the past year Acorns has provided care to over 865 children, and more than 1,088 families, including those who are bereaved.

To find out how you can support Acorns, including through a variety of fundraising events, visit: www.acorns.org.uk

To discover more about the Black Country Living Museum, visit: www.bclm.com/firewalk  

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Acorns Children’s Hospice press information, please contact:

David Chamberlain, tel: 01564 825020 / 07817 612 422 / david.chamberlain@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’ – 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 www.acorns.org.uk

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