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Fundraisers hit quarter of a million milestone

Fundraising group holding a sign with £250,000

“When we started we never imagined we would hit such a significant total but the cause has really resounded with local people and their ongoing generosity has been amazing. It’s a fantastic cause to support and we know that the families across Gloucestershire who rely on Acorns services will benefit directly.”

Mike Pezet, who lives in Northleach, set up the Acorns Gloucestershire Support Group with his wife Jennie in aid of the charity’s hospice, Acorns for the Three Counties, based in Worcester. Over the last 10 years they have raised a staggering quarter of a million pounds.

Mike said: “When we started we never imagined we would hit such a significant total but the cause has really resounded with local people and their ongoing generosity has been amazing. It’s a fantastic cause to support and we know that the families across Gloucestershire who rely on Acorns services will benefit directly.”

With a target of £25,000 each year, the group fundraise primarily by operating soft toy tombolas at various events including village fetes and agricultural shows across Gloucestershire. The group uses around 100 soft toys per event, all of which are donated by local people and businesses. 

Mike heard about Acorns through his work as president of the local Lions group and said: “We attend nearly 100 events per year and whilst we’re there it also gives us a chance to talk about the work Acorns does, so we are not only raising money but helping to spread awareness too.

“My wife Jennie makes cushions for the tombolas and we estimate she has probably made about 4,000 over the years. She also works as a volunteer, helping at Acorns specialist hydrotherapy pool at their hospice in Worcester, so we know first-hand the good work which goes on.” 

A host of projects and items have been supported by the group, including bathing equipment for the hospice hydrotherapy pool and in 2010 the group unveiled a children’s pirate ship climbing frame for the hospice gardens.

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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 across the Heart of England. Acorns relies on the community to fund the majority of its activities. To learn more about what we do, please watch this video.

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