A CHILDREN'S hospice based in Worcester held a special party to celebrate its 30th birthday.

Acorns Children’s Hospice, based in Bath Road in the city, has been providing care for kids with life-limiting conditions since 1988.

The hospice celebrated its 30th anniversary by hosting a Glow in the Park party at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, where hundreds of people gathered to mark the occasion.

The special celebration included a memory walk, where families had a quiet space to remember a lost loved one and pay tribute by lighting a candle on the Heart of Lights memorial.

Sarah Bowron, Acorns 30th anniversary campaign manager, said: “What an emotional day. Acorns Glow in the Park brought together a great many of the wonderful people who make Acorns such a special community to be part of.

"It was a chance to celebrate the incredible work we do and make some new memories to treasure.”

The event brought in children, families and care staff from Worcester and across the region, and the day was packed with entertainment, activities and a fireworks finale.

Sarah added: “We couldn’t mark our 30th anniversary without honouring all of the children and families who have received care and support over the past three decades. As we look to the next 30 years and beyond, we’ve never been more committed to making every day count for the children and families accessing our vital services.”

The celebration took place on October 21 for the charity, which offers care and support for babies and children and their families.

In the past year, Acorns has cared for more than 870 children and over 1,140 families, which means it remains the UK’s largest children’s hospice charity.