Last Tuesday (20th May) the Mitchell Adam team took part in a very enjoyable and fairly competitive quiz night (the office entered two teams… the rivalry was fierce!). Birmingham Chamber of Commerce hosted the quiz, which saw 21 teams of Birmingham’s best and brightest professionals compete for, not only the winning prize of four bottles of champagne but, the coveted title of winner and quizzer extraordinaire. Well, here at Mitchell Adam we won neither; one team faired much better than the other… but with age comes wisdom! The Quiz was great fun and we each learned something new – I mean, who knew a group of owls was called a parliament! There was, however, more to the evening than just showing up the younger members of the team for their lack of general knowledge (cries of “Where are the questions about music from this era!?” were heard. Frequently.), the night was also for an amazing cause; Acorns Children’s Hospice. The quiz was to raise money and awareness for the hospice and promote the admirable and selfless work they do as an organisation, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Acorns is a registered charity, established in 1988. The charity provides “a network of care for life limited and life threatened children and young people, and their families, across the heart of England…In the last year Acorns has supported over 700 children and more than 1,050 families, including those who are bereaved” (Acorns Hospice website, click here for more information). They have hospices in three locations: Selly Oak, Walsall and Worcester.
A delegate from the hospice gave us a brief talk before the quiz began and highlighted some of the amazing facilities Acorns provide; they have a hydrotherapy pool, a multi-sensory and trained nurses onsite to enable the children to do things they would never get the chance to do at home. Acorns need a phenomenal amount of funding each year to ensure the support they provide can continue. The help they receive from sports clubs such as Aston Villa Football Club and Worcester Warriors Rugby club are invaluable, but they always need more.
I can’t emphasise enough the impact Acorns has on the lives of not only the children they work with, but the support given to their families; from respite care to bereavement counselling. If you can give anything, be it your time or money, please follow the links below.
Click here for the Acorns Website and to donate
Click here to follow them on twitter