The stories of some of Birmingham’s bravest children are being shared at an exhibition to mark the 30th anniversary of one of the city’s most iconic charities.

Hosted at Birmingham library, ‘Life, Loss and Other Stories’ charts the 30-year history of Acorns Children’s Hospice , which became just the third dedicated children’s hospice in the world when it opened in 1988.

Through a collection of moving personal accounts, sound clips and photos, the exhibition gives the public the opportunity to find out more about some of the vital work done by the hospice, whether that be through practical support to sick children or personal support to their families and loved ones.

George Burns, who is featured in the exhibition, with his family
George Burns, who is featured in the exhibition, with his family

Over 40 hours of audio were recorded by Acorns in preparation for the event, which was made possible after the charity received funding from the Heritage lottery. The audio clips feature the memories of the patients, families, staff and volunteers who have been involved with Acorns since its inception.

Acorns Children’s Hospice provides care for babies, children and young people with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions, as well as offering support to their families too.

 

The charity now operates three hospices across Birmingham, with Princess Diana opening the first premises in Selly Oak.

And Sarah Bowron, Acorns 30th Anniversary Campaign Manager, is urging people to get down to Birmingham library to check out the exhibition before it’s too late.

“We are beyond excited to share Acorns ground-breaking history through these powerful and moving stories,” she said.

“Life, Loss and Other Stories opens the doors to our wonderful hospices, giving people who wouldn’t normally encounter Acorns the chance to find out about how we support children and families and how pivotal the local community has been, and continues to be, in helping us provide that care.”

The Acorns children's hospice exhibition at Birmingham Library
The Acorns children's hospice exhibition at Birmingham Library
 

“We set out on a mission to preserve Acorns story and our incredible community through their memories. The result was a collection of powerful and emotive stories that reveal both the magic and the importance of Acorns.

“Life, Loss and Other Stories shares how we make every single day count for families using Acorns, the challenges they face and captures all the moments in-between; the everyday memories of our families, staff, volunteers, supporters and members of the public.

“We’re thrilled that so many people have been down to the Library to check out the exhibition so far. The feedback we’ve had has been really positive.

“We’ve installed a special wall so that visitors can submit their own stories - about life, about growing up, or any special memories they may have - we’ve had some really interesting additions!”

“There’s only a few days left, so I’d urge people to hurry on down to the Library to catch the exhibition if they haven’t already.”

'Life, Loss and Other Stories' will be on display at Birmingham library until March 28.