At Acorns, we do everything we can to support families like Hugh’s.

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.

Acorns carer and child playing with a drum

Kavarli’s story

Karvarli is a social butterfly. He loves to be around people, spreading smiles and stealing hearts wherever he goes.

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Luca Atzori and family gathered on a sofa smiling fondly at a baby picture

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.

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Ben and Reuben’s story

A family never imagines they will have one child who needs the services of Acorns, let alone two.

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Grayson’s story

Baby Grayson had deep blue eyes and a perfect smile. For mom Becky and dad George, he was their ‘little miracle’.

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Ethan’s story

Ethan visits Acorns for short breaks, giving his parents time to recharge and him the chance to spend time with others

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Marwah’s story

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.

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Little girl flipping through a picture book

Bluebell’s story

Bluebell is a little ray of sunshine. At Acorns, we are here to help Bluebell and her family enjoy time together.

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Oliver at Acorns holding two thumbs up and smiling.

Oliver’s story

Six-year-old Oliver is a cheerful little chatterbox. He always got a smile on his face even when he’s not well. And he loves dinosaurs.

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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.

Where we are

We are a charity providing care and support to local families from our three hospices and within the family home and community.

  • 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.
A map of the west midlands, highlighting the three Acorns hospice locations within the areas.

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).

Around two thirds (66%) of our income comes from our network of charity shops and the generosity of people like you in the local community.

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.

An infographic pie chart showing for every pound Acorns make, 85p is put toward specialist care. 15p is put toward running costs and fundraising.
*As of Acorns Annual Accounts 2022-23