Robins fly in to mark char­ity part­ner­ship

Gloucestershire Echo - - SCANNER APPEAL -

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. “

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Ge­orge Lloyd, Emma Wil­cox, Toby Porter, Acorns Chief Ex­ec­u­tive, Andy Wil­cox, Chair­man, Conor Thomas, Sa­muel and Sophia Mar­shall with daugh­ter Sophia, Johnny Mullins

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