17 September 2010
Hundreds of model vehicles are going to be sold at auction in aid of Acorns Children's Hospice. ...
Hundreds of model vehicles have been donated to charity to help provide care for life-limited children at Acorns Children’s Hospice.
Angela Graham, aged 57 of Nechells, Birmingham, decided to donate the models six years after her father, Thomas Kearney, had passed away. Thomas had been collecting replicas for over 40 years and had a fleet of almost 300 historic Daimler Fleetline and trolley buses, Eddie Stobart lorries, fire engines and vintage cars. Aston’s Auctioneers has valued the collection at up to £2,000.
Angela, who works as a carer, met Acorns’ volunteer Richard Cutler at an event at Aston Villa FC, and arranged to give the models to support hospice care. Angela explained: “I already donate clothes, and I had kept these vehicles for six years since my dad died. It was weird that I was only able to come to the Villa because my shift was switched, as if it was meant to be. I decided to give the models to the charity.”
Acorns is currently caring for nearly 600 children who have life-limiting or life-threatening conditions and 800 families, including those that are bereaved. There is no charge to families for using the services but it does cost £450 per day for each child’s care.
*The collection will be sold by Aston’s at a later date.