Father Christmas letters help Acorns

Girls and boys from Malvern helped to raise nearly £200 for Acorns Children's Hospice by posting their letters to Father Christmas at Malvern's Tourist Information Centre.

As part of the December ‘Christmas in Malvern' events for 2014, children were able to post their letters to Father Christmas when they purchased a special £1 stamp. As well as posting their letter they also received a personal reply with a small gift from Father Christmas direct from the North Pole.

In total £184 was raised.

Simon Smith, economic development manager at Malvern Hills, said: "We were very proud to support this wonderful festive tradition again and raise all important money for Acorns Children's Hospice."

Mandie Fitzgerald, community fundraising officer from Acorns, said: "Acorns relies on fundraising from the local community for the majority of the £8 million per year it costs to provide its services. It's fantastic that the Christmas wishes of so many boys and girls helped us in our vital work caring for life-limited and life-threatened children and young people and their families."

Since 2003, the post a letter to Father Christmas service has raised £1,961.25 for Acorns Children's Hospice.