Hundreds of people lit up Worcester Racecourse on Saturday (14 November) to raise thousands of pounds for Acorns Children’s Hospice.

The Acorns Lantern Walk saw more than 300 people shine together, supporting the charity’s work helping care for life-limited and life-threatened children and young people across the West Midlands.

Participants enjoyed an afternoon of family entertainment, which included live music, face painting, arts and crafts stalls and refreshments. The walkers then set off with their battery-powered lanterns which lit up in the evening, creating a stunning spectacle as they crossed the finish line.

Laura Heathfield, Events Manager at Acorns, said: “It was fantastic seeing so many people turn out to show their support, whether sponsoring, volunteering, or walking, all of whom made the event a tremendous success.

“We rely on fundraising events like the Lantern Walk for most of the money we need to run our services. If it wasn’t for people getting behind events like these, we simply wouldn’t be able to continue.”

The event was a boost for the charity’s work, which in the past year has provided care for almost 500 children from across the Three Counties at its hospice in Bath Road, Worcester and in families’ homes.

Walkers were able to choose between a 5km stroll within the grounds of the park or a 12km walk via the hospice.

It is hoped the event will raise in excess of £15,000.

Acorns is also hosting a Lantern Walk event at Walsall on 28 November. For more information, please visit


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