Ballet dancers bring extra festive sparkle to Hospice’s Christmas Lights switch on

Talented dancers from Birmingham Royal Ballet’s famous festive production The Nutcracker brought some fairytale magic to Acorns Children’s Hospice pn Tuesday.

Artists from the seasonal spectacular took a break from performing to join children and families at Acorns in Birmingham’s annual ‘Light up a Life’ festive celebration and Christmas lights switch on.

As the sun set at the Selly Oak hospice, visitors came together to see Acorns in Birmingham glow against the dark sky. Sharing the special moment were Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Alexandra Burman, Hamish Scott, Daria Stanciulescu and Callum Findlay-White, dressed in their beautiful costumes.

Chris Reed, Head of Care at Acorns in Birmingham, said: “It’s always such a delight to welcome dancers from Birmingham Royal Ballet to our Christmas lights switch on. Year after year they take time out of their busy schedule to help bring that extra sparkle to what is a real highlight of the festive period.

“Christmas at the hospice is such a magical time, but it can be difficult for our families. But thanks to support from organisations like Birmingham Royal Ballet, we are able to create even more precious moments families can treasure and for that we’re extremely grateful.”

Acorns Children’s Hospice provides specialist palliative care for children and young people with life limiting and life threatening conditions as well as support for their families.

In the past year, the charity has cared for more than 780 children across Worcester and the West Midlands, and supported over 1,220 families, including those who are bereaved.


The charity is committed to making every day count for children and families who access its services, working in partnership with organisations like Birmingham Royal Ballet, to create memories to cherish.

Lauren Morton, spokesperson for Birmingham Royal Ballet, said: “Birmingham Royal Ballet is absolutely thrilled to be able to continue its long association with Acorns.

“Our dancers always look forward to visiting and bringing some joy at Christmas when the hospice provides so much love and support to children and their families. Acorns do a fabulous job throughout the year and it was lovely to be able to let our dancers spread a little of the magic of ballet.”

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