The very first charity shop opened to raise money for Acorns Children’s Hospice over 30 years ago is closing for an exciting makeover.

The Cotteridge shop, which helped raise money towards the construction of Acorns first hospice in Selly Oak, will close for two weeks from today (Monday, 2nd July) to allow the refurbishment to take place. When it reopens, it will showcase a fresh new interior. 

The shop’s Deputy Manager, Rita Cox, said: “We’re very excited to come back and show off the changes to our customers. All the staff and volunteers work so hard to make sure the shop is as inviting and as welcoming as possible, so we can’t wait to reopen with a brand-new look in a couple of weeks.” 

Acorns first permanent shop was founded by Ann Cullinan (pictured) in November 1987. What started out as just one shop in Watford Road has developed into a chain of 55 retail outlets across in the West Midlands. 

Today, the network of Acorns retail shops raises around £1.1million per year, which helps to meet the running costs of the charity’s three hospices and care in families’ homes, which stands at £10 million per year. 

Val Hammond, Head of Retail for Acorns, said: “As our very first charity shop, it was important that Cotteridge store was given a makeover during Acorns 30th anniversary year.

“Thanks to the dedication of staff and volunteers, the Cotteridge shop has been loved and embraced by the community for over 30 years. It’s only fair that we reward that loyalty with the best possible shopping experience.” 

Acorns Children’s Hospice provides specialist palliative care to life limited and life threatened children and young people, as well as support for the family. In the past year, the charity has provided care to more than 870 children and over 1,090 families, including those who are bereaved. 

Donating good quality items to Acorns shops including clothing, shoes, toys, books, CDs and DVDs and household goods is a quick way to support Acorns and all profits made go directly back to the charity.

To find out more about how you could support Acorns, visit

Image: Ann Cullinan – Courtesy Fiona Cullinan


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