Acorns Children’s Hospice, which supports youngsters when they most need it, has been presented with a £3,000 cheque – money raised at the Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce (GBCC) Awards recently staged at the International Convention Centre in the city.
It followed a silent auction held on the evening by the Silent Auction Events Company.
Popular items proved to be a signed Peaky Blinders display along with corporate hospitality at the races including Royal Ascot and the Cheltenham Festival.
Chamber 1813 members Eventmasters provided the hospitality experiences.
In addition to the Eventmasters contribution the Chamber also donated over £5,000 generated via fundraiser raffle envelopes distributed to the 1,300 guests in attendance.
Denise Sheasby, chief executive of the Eventmasters Group, said: “Acorns does wonderful work and it is special to be able to help them.
“This is the second year that we have been involved in staging a silent auction at the Awards night and it has become an important and popular part of the event.”
Paul Faulkner, chief executive of GBCC, said: “I’m immensely proud of the fundraising efforts and generosity displayed by Chamber members and Eventmasters, which has resulted in this wonderful donation to Acorns Children’s Hospice.
“It is a privilege to support Acorns in their 30th year as our president Paul Kehoe’s charity, and the Chamber will continue to champion the care they provide for children and young people across the region.”
Acorns offers a network of care for life limited and life threatened babies, children and young people and support for their families, across Birmingham and the West Midlands.
Toby Porter, chief executive of Acorns, commented: “I’d like to thank everyone at Eventmasters and the Chamber on behalf of the whole team at Acorns Children’s Hospice.
“It was a fantastic night. Once again local businesses have dug deep for Acorns and we’re really very grateful.”
Acorns running costs are £10 million a year – it operates three hospices.
It relies on fundraising and the goodwill of companies like Eventmasters and organisations such as the Chamber for the majority of this amount.
Acorns’ services include short breaks, respite, emergency and end of life care. It also provides care for children and families in their own home, through Acorns Outreach.
In the past year alone, Acorns cared for over 870 children and 1,090 families across the West Midlands.