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First Personnel put best foot forward with local childrens hospice

First Personnel put best foot forward with local childrens hospiceRecruitment specialist, First Personnel, is getting behind a local charity with an agreement to provide major support for one of its biggest single fundraising events.The business, which has its head office in Walsall and employs 60 people in its 11 branches across the West Midlands, has signed up as the official sponsor of the 2010 Acorns Childrens Hospices Midnight Walk.The event is a female-only 10km route around Birmingham City Centre, taking in the sights by moonlight. It provides a reminder of how a good nights sleep can be hard to achieve for families with a life-limited child and that the 24 hour support provided by Acorns is often a lifeline.Matthew Reddy, Managing Director of First Personnel commented: In the 30 years since we were established, First Personnel has donated over 2 million to charity so its something we really believe in. Acorns is a fantastic charity, providing free care and support to children and their families across the region, and the staff were really keen for us to support them as much as possible.Were all really excited and very proud to be part of Midnight Walk. As well as being the event sponsor, were entering a big group of walkers and doing lots of fundraising activity to ensure we help Acorns raise funds, from half marathons to car boot sales.And its not a female only initiative as the men in the company are volunteering to help make up the huge team of marshals and helpers needed for the route on the night.Kerrie Davies, events manager at Acorns, added: Last years Midnight Walk raised over 125,000. With the sponsorship from First Personnel, weve been able to make this years event bigger, with the aim of raising even more.Weve been able to add an extra 500 spaces, allowing 2,000 women to walk this year and theres already been lots of interest. Spaces are filling up fast so Id encourage women to get in touch quickly to secure their place.The 10km walk will start with a fun warm up and entertainment from official media partner BRMB in Millennium Point before walkers set off at the stroke of midnight. The wheelchair friendly route will then pass the Jewellery Quarter, Brindleyplace, the Town Hall, and the Bullring before finishing back at Millennium Point.Midnight Walk entry is 12 and includes an event pack complete with fundraising ideas, training tips, sponsorship forms and a special Midnight Walk t-shirt to wear on the night. Walkers also receive a medal in recognition of their achievement and support when they cross the finish line.Entry forms are available at any of Acorns 45 shops across the West Midlands. For more information and to enter online visit www.acorns.org.uk/midnightwalk or contact Acorns on 0844 984 0405 or email events@acorns.org.uk

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