Build a den for Ben

Lydia in her den

Ben’s family and friends commemorated his birthday with one of his favourite things

Ben and sister Lydia 

This year would have been Ben’s 7th birthday. After a year and a half of fighting brain cancer he sadly passed away at Acorns in May last year. To commemorate his birthday, the family had planned to spend the day quietly at Ben’s favourite beach. 

Due to the current situation and the need to self-isolate, the family’s plans couldn’t go ahead. So, instead they decided to mark the day differently with the “joy, fun and fraternity” that characterised their son. They decided to Build a Den for Ben and invited his teachers and friends from St. Francis CE Primary School and Nursery to join in from their homes. 

“Benny loved nothing more than pulling all the cushions off the sofas, dragging furniture around and stealing bed sheets all in the name of den building.

“We will also enjoy a slice of cake and raise a glass toasting Ben’s memory and remembering the last lesson our son taught us, ‘Our superpower is love’.

“The current crisis puts many poorly children at significantly increased risk and highlights the importance of charities and services that exists to help and support those in serious need.” – Jo and Sam, Ben’s mum and dad

Ben’s friends and teachers from St. Francis came out in force to remember him and created some fantastic dens which you can see below. They also raised over £500 in his memory, which will help Acorns to continue providing vital end of life care during this difficult period.

Celebrate the life of a loved one

When a gift is made in memory of a loved one you can open an online Tribute Fund. They don’t cost anything and are a very special way to remember, celebrate and share the life of a loved one whilst raising money to support Acorns Children’s Hospice in their memory.