And they’ve done it – on Saturday 29 October Steve A, Troy and Steve H walked 19 miles along the Beacon Way, from Sandwell Valley to Chasewater, with the Bloxwich Phoenix bears on board.  Some of our other members walked from the start to Park Lime Pits,  and others joined where they left – a fantastic feat for all who took part.

Thank you to everyone who sponsored us.  All money raised will be going to Acorns Children’s Hospice.

It was a great day, and huge thanks to all those in the club who took part and helped out, even if some of us did get some weird looks at Chasewater for being dressed in Halloween costumes without a seemingly valid reason!

Acorns Children's Hospice

Established in 1988, Acorns Children’s Hospice Trust is a registered charity offering a network of care for life limited and life threatened babies, children and young people and their families, across the heart of England. 

The children and young people that Acorns help are not expected to reach adulthood and require specialist care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In the last year Acorns has supported over 800 children and more than 1,030 families, including those who are bereaved.

At Acorns they provide a network of specialist palliative nursing care and support for babies, children and young people aged 0-18 who have life limiting or life threatening conditions and associated complex needs.

Acorns is flexible to those who use the facilities and services and support is delivered in response to the individual needs of a child and their family. A package of care is tailored for each individual child which includes their medical, emotional, cultural, religious and spiritual needs.

Acorns relies on the community to fund the majority of its activities.


The Bloxwich Bears

Ash the Bear is the mascot of the Rotary Club of Bloxwich Phoenix. He is very well travelled and has been a vital part of the club and its history.  His wardrobe rivals that of most people, and his outfit for the walk was as a Werebear!

He has made lots of friends since he first made an appearance back in October 2003, both with club members and those outside the club.   Over the past few years, he’s gained a few furry friends too.

Bash (short for Big Ash) was given to Helen and Steve, two of our club members as a Christmas present many years ago.  He wanted a more active part in the club so this walk was an ideal platform for a bear of his stature. So he didn’t feel lonely along the way, Troy brought along Mike – a bear of equal stature!  Also both very heavy on a 19 mile walk!

To complete the gang on the day, they were joined by Cousin Ginger (a replica bear bought to assist Ash in his duties but with not as much charisma and charm) and End Polio Bear – given to us by our District Governor John Sayer to help in our fundraising efforts and to help promote the End Polio message.