As the Black Country Chamber of Commerce celebrated its annual business awards last month albeit virtually, it was time for Chamber President, Jude Thompson to step forward and announce the charities that he will be supporting throughout 2021.

Last year Acorns Children’s Hospice became the President’s chosen charity with £6000 raised on the evening of the awards in November, another several hundred pounds was donated after the President and Chamber CEO, Corin Crane were sponsored to walk across hot coals in early March and a further £660 was raised just this month by the Chamber team following their participation in the Acorns Glow Walk. 

All the monies raised have gone towards The Save Acorns Black Country Hospice Appeal, a campaign launched last summer to raise £2million to safeguard the longer-term future of the Walsall-based hospice. 


Libby Kaluna, Partnerships Fundraising Manager at Acorns, said, “We’re extremely grateful to Mr Thompson for making Acorns his charity of choice for 2020. The support we’ve had from the Black Country Chamber over the past 12 months for our Save Acorns Black Country Hospice Appeal has been incredible, raising both vital funds and awareness for this lifeline service. 


“It’s thanks to support like this that our amazing team in Walsall is at the heart of our Covid-19 emergency response. We can only continue to be there for the children and families who need us, especially during these challenging times, with the help of our local community – so on behalf of everyone at Acorns, thank you!”


This year Mr Thompson, Managing Director at CSCM IT Solutions in Oldbury has chosen the Teenage Cancer Trust and Parkinson's UK, he said, “This year has really shown the need for us in the business community to come together and use our collective efforts and endeavours to support those most at need.  


“We know that there are so many worthy causes in the Black Country which need more help right now and we have chosen both the Teenage Cancer Trust and Parkinson's UK as they are organisations doing amazing work in areas which are close to the heart of our Chamber family right now.  


“The Chamber team are working closely with both organisations and have some amazing activities planned over the next 12 months.  I'd like to extend my gratitude to all those members who supported last year's charity, I know that you will work hard to help us with these two new charities."

Meanwhile representatives from both charities said they were delighted to be chosen by the Black Country business support organisation.

Grace Higgins, Regional Fundraiser at Teenage Cancer Trust, said, “Every day, seven young people in the UK aged 13 to 24 hear the devastating words ‘you have cancer’. 

“Teenage Cancer Trust’s special hospital wards, nurses and youth support teams are there to provide them with the emotional and practical support they need to get them and their families through some unimaginably hard times.


“But everything our frontline team does is dependent on donations and the Covid-19 outbreak has seen our charity take a huge financial hit. That’s why we’re so thankful to the Chamber President for choosing our charity to benefit in 2021. At this difficult time this support means so much.” 

Meanwhile Gayle Kelly, Regional Fundraiser for Birmingham and the Black Country at Parkinson's UK, said, "We are absolutely thrilled that Chamber President, Jude Thompson has chosen to support Parkinson's UK throughout 2021. Right now, there are around 145,000 people in the UK already living with Parkinson's, and every hour two more people are diagnosed.

"This incredible support from the Black Country Chamber of Commerce will help to provide vital services for those affected by the condition, as well as drive forward the ground-breaking research we need to develop better treatments in the future." 


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