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Shirley charity shops celebrates 20 years of helping local life-limited children

Solihull Editorial 18th Oct, 2015 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

A LONGSTANDING Shirley charity shop has celebrated its 20th birthday.

The Acorns Children’s Hospice shop brought out the birthday cake to mark its impressive 20 years of helping to raise vital funds for local life-limited and life-threatened children.

The Stratford Road store was officially opened in 1995 and has seen thousands of shoppers pass through its doors over the years.

Last year the shop also underwent a makeover and was officially re-opened with a brand new look by former Mayor of Solihull, Mrs Kate Wild.

Shop deputy manager, Jacqueline Beddoe, said it was fantastic for the store to reach ‘such a significant milestone.’

She added: “We’ve got a great team of staff and volunteers here and we know that over the years everything we’ve been able to do makes a real difference to local children.

“The local community have been very supportive over the years, through custom and donations and we wouldn’t have got this far without them.

“The money raised from sales is as important as ever and I know makes a huge difference to children and their families.”

Acorns relies heavily on fundraising, including income from its shops to meet the £8 million annual running costs of its hospices – which provide short breaks, as well as short breaks and emergency end-of-life care for young children.

In the last year the charity has supported over 760 children and more than 980 families, including those who are bereaved, with community support teams available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Acorns’ shops welcome donations of good quality items including clothing, shoes, toys, books, CDs and DVDs and household goods.

All profits made from sales go directly back to the charity.

To find out more about the work of Acorns Children’s Hospice and how you can help raise vital funds, visit www.acorns.org.uk