When the unimaginable happens we are here, helping families who are caring for life limited and life threatened children to feel safe, and making sure they know they don’t have to take this journey alone.
Learn more about what being there for families like Hugh's means to them.
Why we’re here
We believe no family caring for a life limited or life threatened child should do it alone. Our families are our inspiration and the reason we exist, their stories show how their local children’s hospice is both their lifeline and their home from home.
Karvarli is a social butterfly. He loves to be around people, spreading smiles and stealing hearts wherever he goes.
Luca Atzori’s story
With the help of Acorns Children’s Hospice Tony and Zoe Atzori created a lifetime of memories with their little boy Luca.
Ben and Reuben’s story
A family never imagines they will have one child who needs the services of Acorns, let alone two.
Baby Grayson had deep blue eyes and a perfect smile. For mom Becky and dad George, he was their ‘little miracle’.
Ethan visits Acorns for short breaks, giving his parents time to recharge and him the chance to spend time with others
Marwah is a happy, bubbly little girl, who has a great sense of humour. She enjoys spending time with her family and especially likes parties and sparkly dresses.
Bluebell is a little ray of sunshine. At Acorns, we are here to help Bluebell and her family enjoy time together.
What we do
Our care is about offering choice. We know every family is different, that’s why we tailor their care, support and the services they can access to fit their individual needs. This is reflected in the family stories above. For Haniya’s family, support groups and making precious memories are what’s important, whereas for Ezra’s family short breaks are absolutely essential to give them respite from caring round the clock. We provide a wide range of services, allowing us to give families the opportunity to choose their level of support.
- Acorns in Birmingham
- Based in Selly Oak, supports families from Birmingham, North Warwickshire and Coventry.
- Acorns in the Black Country
- Based in Walsall, supports families from Walsall, Sandwell, Dudley, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire and Shropshire.
- Acorns for the Three Counties
- Based in Worcester, supports families from Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and South Warwickshire.
How we’re funded
It costs around £11 million a year to run our care services in the hospices and community, providing care for children and support for families. Of this £11 million, around a third (32%) of our total income comes from statutory sources, including NHS England and Integrated Care Boards (ICBs).
You can learn more about how we’re funded and what we spend your kind donations on in our Annual Financial Accounts and Impact Report on our reports and policies page.