Robins fly in to mark charity partnership
PLAYERS from Cheltenham Town FC met children and their families to mark a new partnership with a local charity.
Captain Johnny Mullins was joined by George Lloyd and Conor Thomas to visit Acorns Children’s Hospice, a good cause the club is supporting to the 2018/19 season.
Alongside club chairman Andy Wilcox and his partner Emma, they were given a tour of the specialist facilities in Worcester, including the hydrotherapy pool, multisensory room and adolescent lounge.
Mr Wilcox said: “Acorns is our charity partner for this season so it was a pleasure to visit this amazing facility which supports so many families from all over the county.
“We didn’t really know what to expect but we were overwhelmed at what a bright and welcoming environment it is and what superb facilities are available to children and families.
“The whole ethos is about creating a happy home from home, and making every moment joyous. We look forward to building a relationship with Acorns and helping to raise funds that can support their excellent work.”
In the past year, Acorns, which this year celebrates its 30th anniversary, is currently caring for more than 60 seriously ill children and 80 families across Gloucestershire, including those who are bereaved.
Community Fundraising Officer, Mel Hall, said: “It was an absolute pleasure to welcome Andy, Emma and the players here at Acorns to officially kick off the partnership.
“It’s wonderful that we were able to show them what we do - that it’s a charity that’s not just about dying, we firmly believe in making the most of every day for children and their families. “
George Lloyd, Emma Wilcox, Toby Porter, Acorns Chief Executive, Andy Wilcox, Chairman, Conor Thomas, Samuel and Sophia Marshall with daughter Sophia, Johnny Mullins