Acorns Business Ambassadors Celebrate Generating £150,000 Worth of Support in First Year

A Birmingham based charity’s thriving Business Club is celebrating its first year of success, with members generating a massive £150,000 worth of support for local children and families.
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A Birmingham based charity’s thriving Business Club is celebrating its first year of success, with members generating a massive £150,000 worth of support for local children and families.

Acorns Business Club aims to raise funds and inspire support for Acorns Children’s Hospice and its care for life limited children and young people.

Since its launch in Summer 2021, the Club which boasts renowned figures, leaders and captains of industry from across the region, has gone from strength to strength – with another five big names in business revealed as Acorns Ambassadors this week.

Libby Rowlands, Senior Partnerships Manager at Acorns, said: “We are immensely grateful to each and every one of our fantastic Business Club members and Ambassadors and are incredibly proud of all they’ve achieved over the past year.

“This phenomenal amount of support for Acorns is a celebration of everything they have done to help us continue our work and be there for the local children and children who rely on our care.”

Acorns Business Ambassadors play a key role in raising awareness of the charity within the business community and vital funds towards its children’s hospice care.

Among the new Ambassadors are Gary Fulford, Group CEO at whg; Jamil Shabir, CEO of Bootcamp Media; Kirsty Davis-Chinnock, Managing Director MD of Professional Polishing Services Ltd; Chris Smith, Managing Director and Founder of the Centre for the New Midlands; and Chris Woods, Founder and CEO of CyberQ Group.

Each of Acorns Business Ambassadors joins the charity in a two-year partnership and has committed to raising £5,000 each year.

They will represent the charity at various events during their tenure, from cheque presentations and networking groups to attending public engagements within the business community.

The Business Club meets every quarter under the leadership of Chairman Paul Cadman, Professor of Entrepreneurship at Birmingham University and Acorns Vice President.

Club Chairman Paul Cadman added: “We’re thrilled to have these highly respected business leaders on board championing our children’s hospice care.

“Their passion and expertise will enable us to reach even more people and together, they will help us not only raise awareness of our lifeline services, but vital funds to enable us to be there for every child and families that need us.”

Acorns Children’s Hospice provides specialist palliative care for life limited and life threatened children and support for their families.

In the past year, the charity has cared for more than 700 children and almost 1,000 families, including those who are bereaved.

It cost Acorns £27,000 per day to provide its services, the bulk of which comes from fundraising and partnerships with local businesses.

Acorns Business Club offers exclusive benefits including the opportunity to network with some of the biggest names in business from across the region, access to free training and development opportunities and ‘money-can’t buy’ events.

To find out more about becoming one of Acorns Business Ambassadors, please email the Partnerships Team on partnerships@acorns.org.uk or call 01564 825037.

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