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Villa stars light the way ahead of Acorns Lantern Walk

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Villa stars light the way ahead of Acorns Lantern Walk

Ashley Westwood and Matt Lowton are helping light the way ahead of the upcoming Acorns Lantern Walk event.

Westwood and Lowton spent time painting lanterns with life-limited children and their siblings on a visit to the Acorns hospice in Selly Oak.

Along with our player ambassador, Gabby Agbonlahor, the players met staff and volunteers before being given a guided tour of the building.

Afterwards, the players tried to replicate their real life football skills as they engaged in several competitive games of Fifa with the children on one of the hospice's Playstations.

Agbonlahor said: "The relationship that Villa has with Acorns is very important for everyone associated with the club, from the players and coaches to the staff and, of course, the fans.

"As players it's great for us to have responsibilities in the community and Acorns is a perfect example of that.

"The staff at every Acorns hospice do such a great job, it's an inspiration whenever we visit.

"The support given to Acorns by everyone involved with Villa has been incredible over the years and that is something that we want to continue.

"Hopefully the Lantern Walk can raise a lot of money for such a brilliant cause."

Acorns aims to help to provide palliative care to the estimated 2,000 children and young people with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions in the region, many of whom require vital care 24-days-a-week, 365 days a year.

The charity's Lantern Walk, which will take place on October 12 at 3.30pm, sets off from the picturesque lake at Walsall Arboretum.

The 12km Autumnal stroll will wind through Park Hall, pass Acorns in the Black Country hospice and head back toward the Arboretum as the day turns to dusk.

Participants will carry a handheld battery-powered lantern along the wheelchair and buggy friendly route.

Upon reaching the finishing line they will receive an Acorns 25th anniversary medal and be greeted by a live music set from the nearby bandstand.

To end the day, a spectacular laser show will illuminate both the sky over the lake and the hundreds of walkers watching and holding their lanterns aloft on the ground below.

Laura Heathfield, Events Manager at Acorns, said: "We would like to thank the Villa players for visiting the hospice and making our preparations for the Lantern Walk extra special. Their support is always welcome.

"For the event to be a success, we are going to need lots of people to get involved. We rely on fundraising and income from events such as these to help provide the care our children need, which costs £750 per day for each child."

The entry fee for the Lantern Walk is £5 and includes a paper lantern, which can be personally decorated in advance, and an Acorns 25th anniversary medal for walkers at the finish line.

To find out more about the walk or to register visit or contact / 0844 984 0405.

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By @AVFCOfficial 4th October 2013
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