Hospice Care Week is an opportunity to recognise and celebrate hospices and the care they provide throughout the UK.
The Covid-19 pandemic has had, and continues to have, a huge impact on both children’s and adult hospices. We have adapted our care, working non-stop to create new, innovative services to keep the children and families we support safe and connected.
Acorns Children’s Hospice is here to make sure local families don’t face their journey alone.
Over the past year at Acorns we have done everything we can to continue caring for local life limited children and provide support for their families.
Despite the challenges we have all faced due to Covid-19, our children’s hospices in Worcester and Walsall have remained open 24/7 throughout the past year providing emergency respite and end of life care for every child and family that needs us.
In March 2020, we made the unprecedented decision to temporarily close our hospice in Birmingham as part of our emergency response to the emerging coronavirus crisis, transferring care staff to our hospices in Walsall and Worcester.
Acorns and our children’s hospice care has been available to any family who needs us, every single day of the crisis. Here are some facts and figures to show you what we’ve been up to in the past year.
At Acorns, we’re here for families, whenever and wherever they need us. During a pandemic which has had such an impact and caused so much isolation and anxiety, we’ve stepped up to make sure no family faces
these challenges alone.
351 Outreach visits
We’re proud that during the months with some of the highest rates of
Covid, we were able to resume the Acorns Outreach service safely
– offering vital support to families within their home.
More than 22,000 instances of support
The Acorns Family Services team have provided vital emotional and practical support through face to face meetings, video calls or over the phone.
Esme was the first child to enter Acorns in Birmingham for an overnight stay in over 18 months. The hospice team were delighted to welcome children back and organised a ribbon cutting to mark the occasion.
There are lots of ways you can support your local children’s hospice, from volunteering to attending an event, below are just a few of the ways you can get involved.