LAST month saw the incredible Acorns community come together for a spectacular 30th anniversary celebration.

In what was truly a humbling display of unity the event, named Acorns Birthday Glow in the Park, brought together hundreds of children and families, supporters, staff and volunteers from across the West Midlands.

We were especially grateful to have a great many people from Worcester make the journey to Birmingham Botanical Gardens for the event. Those unable to attend were represented by a commemorative banner made by children and young people at our Three Counties hospice.

We’re very fortunate to have the most dedicated supporters, staff and volunteers who are committed to making every day count for the children and families we care for.

Seeing them come together to celebrate 30 years of Acorns was a proud moment and it was clear from the smiles on the many faces that the event created new precious memories.

But we couldn’t mark this milestone without honouring the children and families we’ve cared for over the last three decades. The Heart of Lights memorial gave families an opportunity to remember loved ones by lighting a candle. It was truly humbling to read the many messages and tributes.

Someone who also paid tribute to a loved one this month was Louisa Frobisher, who raised an impressive £1,200 for Acorns in memory of her sister Milla who was cared for at our Acorns for the Three Counties hospice in Worcester.

Louisa ran two miles round Worcester Racecourse – an impressive feat considering she is blind in one eye and has restricted vision in the other.

On behalf everyone at Acorns I’d like to say a huge thank you to Louisa and her determination and generosity. The funds raised will go directly towards our work and children and families across the region.