Duke of Cambridge visits Acorns Children’s Hospice as part of the 30th anniversary celebrations


A Birmingham hospice has welcomed the Duke of Cambridge – 30 years after his mother opened the centre.

The Duke of Cambridge meeting a family at Acorns Children's Hospice in Selly Oak

The Duke of Cambridge meeting a family at Acorns Children’s Hospice in Selly Oak

Acorns Children’s Hospice’s young ambassadors, Assya Shabir and Bradley Addison, gave Prince William a tour of the specialist facilities to highlight the work carried out on the Selly Oak site.

The Duke met families using the multisensory room and taking part in a hydrotherapy session with a physiotherapist. He then met families at a stay-and-play session.

The charity’s chief executive, Toby Porter, said: “It was a day none of us will ever forget.

“It was quite magical for us to see the pleasure it gave the children and the families to meet the Duke at the Birmingham hospice opened by his mother 30 years ago.

“We are proud and grateful to our two Acorns Young Ambassadors Assya and Bradley, for doing such a wonderful job leading the tour.

Following the tour, the Duke met a group of staff and supporters before unveiling a plaque to commemorate the visit.

Princess Diana at the opening in 1988

Princess Diana at the opening in 1988

The plaque will be placed in position next to the one installed to mark the hospice’s official opening by Princess Diana in 1988.

Toby added: “This visit will be the absolute highlight of Acorns 30th anniversary year.

“We now look forward to the next 30 years and with the continued support of the community, our incredible volunteers and generous donors, ensure we’ll always be there for the children and families who need us.”


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