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Agbonlahor announced as Villa's Acorns ambassador
Gabby Agbonlahor to assume role for second year running.
30th Sep 2012
Agbonlahor announced as Villa's Acorns ambassador


Villa are delighted to announce Gabby Agbonlahor as the official player ambassador for Acorns for the second year running.

Agbonlahor assumed the role at the start of the 2011-12 season and has been closely involved in activities and fundraising initiatives with the children and families.

The star striker will continue to encourage team-mates and fans to help out the children's charity.

To mark taking on the role for another season, Agbonlahor has made a donation to the Acorns 'Now is the Time' campaign, contributing a week of care to the target of reaching 25,000 days of care by the charity's 25th anniversary in 2013.

Acorns provides care and support for children and young people who have life-limiting or life-threatening conditions.

It currently costs over £8 million a year to support Acorns families and £750 per day for each child's care.

"For me it is a big thing, especially having kids of my own. It is always nice to help these children," said Agbonlahor.

"When you see what these children go through on a day to day basis it makes you want to help them and be there for them.

"It is nice to show that you can help them and when us as players make the trips to the hospices it can make their day or even make their year."

David Strudley, chief executive of Acorns Children's Hospice, said: "The strong relationship between the club and Acorns is well known but people aren't as aware of the players' involvement with the charity, behind the scenes as well as in the public eye.

"Gabby is a local lad and has visited the hospice on several occasions and, as a father, he really relates to the needs of our children and families.

"Working with him as ambassador is a step in Aston Villa's support for Acorns of which we are hugely appreciative.

"We so look forward to working with him even closer over the coming year."

For more information on the 'Now is the Time' campaign visit www.acorns.org.uk/nowisthetime.


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