City of Wolverhampton Council has topped its fundraising target to support Acorns Children’s Hospice in Walsall.

Last month, the City Council kicked off the fundraising with a bake off and tombola and hosted a raffle for people in the city.

Yesterday, the council presented the raffle draw via Facebook Live and to announce the grand total raised for the hospice. 

The council had a target to raise £3,000 and with the support of local businesses and residents, managed to raise £5,102 for the hospice.

Over 20 winners were announced and won top prizes including a signed Wolves shirt donated by Wolves FC, Wolverhampton Grand theatre tickets, shopping vouchers, luxury hampers and meal experiences for 2 and many more. 

The fundraising follows the recent news that Acorns Children’s Hospice in Walsall is at risk of closure due to lack of funding. 

The hospice cares for children with life limiting and life threatening conditions and supports more than 230 families in the local area. 

Tim Johnson, Managing Director at City of Wolverhampton Council said: “When we first heard the announcement about the Walsall branch, we knew we needed to do something to help. 

“Acorns Children’s Hospice is a fantastic support unit for many people in the Black Country and to a number of parents who work here at the City Council. 

“It has been fantastic to see the people of Wolverhampton come together to support a service in need of our help.

“I would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has made it possible to smash our target and raise over 5 thousand pounds for Acorns.”

Amjid Mehmood, council employee and organiser of the fundraising said: “I am so overwhelmed with how much we have managed to raise for Acorns. 

“I cannot put in to words how grateful I am for the support I have received from my team in making this happen.

“Acorns Children’s Hospice is a fantastic facility that is a necessity for many families in the Black Country. 

“The Walsall team always go the extra mile to make sure my daughter has the specific care she needs and the support we need as a family.

“If Walsall closes, the nearest Acorns Hospice is based in Worcester, which will make it more difficult for my daughter and many other children to get the important care they need.

“The team have provided high quality care for over a decade and has been a life line to us and many other families in the local area. 
“The facility is now saved until March 2020, and hopefully if everyone can do their bit to help out this amazing service – it will remain open even longer.

“I would like to thank the people of Wolverhampton for showing their support – you have all made a huge difference to families like mine - and you can’t put a price on that.”

The raffle was supported by several Wolverhampton businesses including Wolves FC, WV Living, Wolverhampton Grand Theatre, Village Hotel and Spa Wolverhampton BID, Toffee-Nosed Cake Company, Tony’s Delicatessen, Hilton Main Construction Limited, Leadec Industrial Services and many more.