Each year, the Hollis team votes for a charity to support and raise money for through various events and initiatives - from bake sales and band nights to sponsored bungee jumps. Our Charity of the year for our 2019/20 financial year was Acorns Children’s Hospice, and we’re pleased to end the year on a high having raised over £8,000.
Acorns operates three children’s hospices around the West Midlands that offer care and support for children with disabilities and life limiting illnesses. This charity is close to our hearts, having provided amazing support to one of our colleagues, Michael Cunningham and his wife when they needed it most. In 2016, Michael’s twin daughters, Natalie and Alexus, were born prematurely at 23 weeks weighing 1lb 5oz and 1lb 7oz. After five months of fighting and being in four hospitals, Natalie’s bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD), also known as chronic lung disease, had worsened to the point of being a life limiting illness and all treatment options had been exhausted. That was when Michael and his wife were introduced to Acorns.
Acorns very quickly helped to organise transport, medical care and equipment, so they could take Natalie home for one night, after which they stayed in a flat in the hospice. They had everything they needed to operate independently in the knowledge that at the bottom of the stairs, trained nurses were ready, willing and able to help them. Sadly, Natalie passed away seven days after arriving at Acorns. You can read more about Natalie’s story here.
We are very proud to raise money for such a worthy charity and spent the year organising fundraising events in order to reach our target. A highlight of the year was our Christmas Raffle, where we raised over £3,500 in just one day!
In true Hollis style, we continued to find innovative ways to fundraise. Our in house band, Panic at the Disto!, got the dance floor jumping by hosting a gig at our London office. Our offices in Glasgow and Edinburgh competed against each other at games nights. In our Birmingham office, Building Surveyor Oliver Ansell took part in a sponsored silence, which raised over £200, and Senior Surveyor Lidia Rachon threw herself (quite literally) into fundraising with a sponsored bungee jump.
We are thrilled with the amount raised and know that the money will go to such great causes at Acorns Hospice. During this challenging time, it’s even more important to support our local charities, and we hope this can provide further relief to the children and families they support and the future of the hospice.