Love blossoms for charity couple

Guy Morris and Alessandra Borgognone

Guy Morris and Alessandra Borgognone

Singing and raffle tickets have led to love for two Birmingham volunteers.

Guy Morris and Alessandra Borgognone will be getting married this spring after meeting at an Acorns Children’s Hospice fundraiser.

The pair have been volunteering at Acorns Selly Oak hospice for three and two years respectively but it wasn’t till a charity concert that the two met.

Guy, 34, met Alessandra, 33, during a summer concert in 2012 by the hospice choir, Acorns Singers, which was held at Tally Ho Conference & Banqueting Centre on Pershore Road.

Alessandra, who is originally from Italy and works as a scientist in Birmingham was performing as a member of Acorns Singers, and Guy was selling raffle tickets to concert-goers.

The couple, who moved to Harborne 14 months ago, hit it off and are now to be married on Saturday 3 May at St Edburgha’s Church, Yardley. The generous couple will be showing their support for Acorns on their big day by asking guests to make donations to the children’s hospice instead of buying wedding presents.

Guy, who works as a facilities manager at Hub Hazelwell, Kings Heath said he chose to volunteer for Acorns for two reasons: “I wanted to do something to help local children and as Acorns is a partner of the team I support, Aston Villa, the hospice was an obvious choice for me.

“I trekked up Kilimanjaro in 2010 and raised £2000 for Acorns and as a result got the ‘charity bug’ and wanted to do more to help.

“Acorns doesn’t charge families for making use of its services. It relies heavily on public fundraising and voluntary donations for the majority of its funding. Any money raised is really appreciated.

“I wouldn’t say that volunteering or fundraising for Acorns Children’s Hospice will result in you finding your ideal partner – but it certainly worked for Alessandra and I.”

Dee McCann, volunteers manager for Acorns Children’s Hospice in Birmingham said: “Everyone at Acorns wishes Guy and Alessandra all the very best for their big day. Two years after Guy and Alessandra met Acorns Singers will be revisiting Tally Ho Conference & Banqueting Centre for their 10th anniversary concert on Thursday 10 July.

“It costs £7,500 a day to run each of our three 10 bed hospices so we always need help with fundraising. We can’t promise romance for our fundraisers and volunteers but all money raised goes to a very worthwhile cause.”

To find about the work of Acorns Children’s Hospice and how you can help raise vital funds call Acorns on: 0845 120 6892 or visit www.acorns.org.uk