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Colleagues from leading Midlands landlord whg will be putting their best foot forward as they join in the campaign to keep Acorns running.

The group of a round 50 colleagues will be taking part in a 12 hour runathon around Walsall Arboretum on 11th September to save the under-threat Walsall children’s hospice.

Starting at 6am, they will be taking it in turns to run laps of the park, passing a knitted Acorn baton between themselves to “keep Acorns running”.

Organiser Gary Auburn, Asset Project Manager at whg, said: “Acorns Children’s Hospice does a fantastic job and provides an essential lifeline for families during the most difficult times in the lives.

“The hospice was selected as whg’s chosen charity for this year, and we will be doing all we can to support the charity as it fights to stay open.”

The Save Acorns Black Country Children’s Hospice Appeal was launched by Acorns on the back of significant new funding locally and nationally from the NHS.

The appeal sets out to raise £2 million to towards the Walsall hospice – which the charity had proposed for closure – until the full amount of new Government funding is reached. If the appeal is successful, it will lead to the closure proposal being withdrawn completely. 

Vicki Rowles, Head of Partnership Fundraising at Acorns, said: “We are so grateful to the amazing staff at whg who have really got behind our appeal. Their ‘keep Acorns running’ fundraiser is a great example of their creativity and drive to help us succeed.

“whg’s generous support is hugely appreciated by everyone here at Acorns. Only with the help of the community and local businesses like whg can we keep providing our essential services for children and families across the Black Country and the West Midlands.”

The lifeline for Acorns in the Black Country follows a commitment of significant new NHS funding from Black Country healthcare commissioners and an earlier announcement by NHS England that they would double their central funding support to the country’s children’s hospices over the next five years.

This lifeline means the Acorns children’s hospice in Walsall can stay open to Black Country children and families until at least the end of March 2020.

For more information and to donate towards the Appeal, please click here.