Hospice chief in plea for help from community

Acorns chief executive calls for support during National Children’s Hospice Week.

The chief executive of a Midlands charity has issued a rallying-call for members of the public to join a national campaign and support the vital work of their local children’s hospice.

Speaking at the start of Children’s Hospice Week, Toby Porter, Chief Executive of Acorns Children’s Hospice, has outlined how the support of the local community is more important than ever as the charity faces an increasing number a challenges. He said: “More children are accessing Acorns services than ever before in our 30 year history, yet we know there is still much unmet need out there in our local community.

“Advances in medical care means children and babies who would have previously sadly died, are thankfully living longer, often with more highly complex clinical needs. Alongside this, state-run services and care providers are increasingly stretched, meaning more families than ever are turning to children’s palliative care services like ours.”

In the past year Acorns has cared for over 870 children and more than 1,090 families, including those who are bereaved.

Toby added: “Children’s Hospice Week is the perfect opportunity for members of the public to ask themselves what they could do to support the children and families in their local communities to whom Acorns is a lifeline.

“Whether it’s signing up to volunteer your time in an Acorns shop, getting together with friends and colleagues to fundraise, or joining one of our fundraising events, your support means so much and is as vital as ever.

“We live in unpredictable times, and we need to raise more than £10 million every year to continue, but with the help of our wonderful supporters, staff and volunteers, we will ensure we continue to provide world class care to all the children and families referred to Acorns and receiving our specialist services.”

This week Acorns has announced an ambitious new three-year strategy, entitled Making Every Day Count, as it seeks to reach more children and families in the region who require its vital care and support. To read more, visit www.acorns.org.uk/makingeverydaycount