Our team at Worcester Music Festival are pleased to announce we will be working alongside Acorns Children’s Hospice this year, with the money raised by the festival going towards Acorns’ music therapy scheme.

Acorns Children’s Hospice is a charity organisation devoted to improving the lives of children with life limiting or life threatening conditions.

The charity, which was established in 1983, to date has helped over 2,470 children and their families, including those who are bereaved. This organisation works tirelessly throughout the year to help babies, children, and young people up to the age of 18, offering day care and emergencies breaks, and it is hoped that they may soon be able to branch out into the area of music therapy in their Worcester Hospice.

A package of care is tailored for each individual child which includes their medical, emotional, cultural, religious and spiritual needs. This package is provided both at Acorns for the Three Counties in Bath Road, Worcester and a family’s home.

Acorns community fundraising manager, Mandie Fitzgerald, said: “It means a great deal to have been chosen as the charity partner for the festival and it’s a fantastic event to be part of. We’re really looking forward to working with the organisers to help make sure people know just how valuable community support is to Acorns.

“We very much hope to be able to fund a qualified music therapist with the money raised, which will be a wonderful legacy for the event and a truly valuable asset for the hospice and the children we care for.”

When discussing the chosen charity for this year’s festival, Director Nikki Boraston commented: “We are delighted to support Acorns Children’s Hospice as the chosen charity for Worcester Music Festival 2016. The festival organisers are very aware of the integral work that Acorns do to support children and their families. We are firm believers in the use of music therapy as a way to facilitate positive changes in emotional well being and hope that our fundraising will enable Acorns to increase the use of music therapists in their work.”

Worcester Music Festival, which was originally launched in 2008, has raised a staggering amount of money for charity since its inception. With original and live music displayed throughout the city, hosted over a total of 30 venues, for absolutely no cost at all, the festival team is now once again working towards putting on a memorable display for the city to enjoy and for local charities to benefit from also.


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