Fundraisers keep the “Flame of Hope” burning


Cancer, as everyone knows, can affect anyone at any time, in any place, and not just the sufferer, but their family and friends too. We all know someone who has been touched by it and the effect is devastating.

Last supports lunch at the Crowborough Beacon Golf Course four years ago

Acorns for Cancer UK is a small but dedicated and passionate team of women from in and around Crowborough, led by Gwen Young, who have been raising much-needed funds in support of research into cancer. They have kept this passion going right through Lockdown, raising monies online and with socially distanced events, and then, more easily in the last year, with a highly successful garden tea-party in July, a beginners’ art class in the Autumn, a Christmas coffee morning and card sale in November and a hugely popular wreath-making workshop just before Christmas.

In the last calendar year alone, Acorns for Cancer Research UK have raised over £7,180, bringing the total funds they have given to this vital charity over the years to £52,286.

As a result of their phenomenal efforts, in this year particularly, Acorns were recently nominated in the category of “Fundraising in the Community” for a Cancer Research UK “Flame of Hope” Award. Although they were unsuccessful in becoming a category winner, they have received a certificate to mark the nomination and celebrate their fantastic achievement.

The contribution which Acorns have been able to make towards the progress cancer research is making in combatting this deadly disease would not of course have been possible without the amazing generosity of the many people around Crowborough who support Acorns on a regular basis. Acorns are therefore bringing together as many of their supporters on 15th March, at Crowborough Rugby Club for a lunch, at which they will be addressed by Dr Melanie Flint from the University of Brighton, who will be talking about the most important and exciting recent developments in treating and curing cancer.

Acorns will be running an Art Workshop in April, a Tennis Tournament in July, and a special fund raising Party Night with a live band in October. During November and December they will have their regular Christmas events.

If you would like to learn more about and support the work which Acorns are doing, please do contact Sue Bullock by emailing


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