In September, Acorns Children’s Hospice celebrated the opening of their first shop in Cotteridge 30 years ago.
Volunteers – many of who were ex-Cadbury staff – were managed by the late Ann Cullinan from Stirchley and set out with the aim of raising £3000 towards the Acorns Children’s Hospice Appeal.
Raising £1000 on their opening day in 1997, “Ann’s Army” went on to raise over £100,000 towards the first Acorns Children’s Hospice in Selly Oak, which was opened by Princess Diana in December 1998.
Now with three hospices and 57 shops, thousands of children, siblings, parents, extended family members and friends have benefited from the efforts of Ann, the original shop volunteers and all who have volunteered and fundraised for Acorns over the last 30 years.
Thank you, all!
Ann’s daughter, Fiona, has written more about the history of the Acorns shops and the links to her family. Read: Happy 30th to Acorns Cotteridge – a note from the founder’s daughter