A West Midlands based charity which provides vital care for children across the region has received a funding boost from a leading homes builder.
Barratt Homes West Midlands has paid for three days of care at Acorns Children’s Hospice, to the value of £21,000, towards the charity’s work caring for life limited and life threatened children and young people, and support for their families.
In the past year Acorns, which operates three hospices based in Birmingham, Worcester and Walsall, has cared for over 870 children and more than 1,090 families, including those who are bereaved.
Amanda Smallman, Senior Fundraising Manager, Corporate and Community, said: “We are extremely grateful to Barratt Homes for this generous donation and were delighted to give the team a tour of our hospices so they could see for themselves exactly how the money will be spent.
“It costs us £7,000 every 24 hours, per hospice to provide our vital care and services, both in the hospice and in the community. On behalf of Acorns, I would like to say a huge thank you to Barratt Homes for their support.”
The donation was made through Acorns Pay for A Day scheme and took place as the homebuilder celebrated its 60th anniversary. Staff were also given the opportunity to spend a day at one of Acorns three hospices to see first-hand the vital care their fundraising will support.
Adrian Farr, Managing Director at Barratt Homes West Midlands, said: “It was an honour to be invited to Acorns Children’s Hospice for a tour of the hospice and talks from the team there. Our staff came away with an understanding of how the money we have fundraised last year has supported the invaluable work of the nurses at the hospice.”
Acorns, which this year celebrates its 30th anniversary, is currently the UK and the world’s largest children’s hospice charity, as measured by the number of children in its care. It costs nearly £10 million a year to run Acorns services and the charity relies heavily on the generosity of the community and local businesses for the majority of this amount.
To find out how you could support Acorns, please visit www.acorns.org.uk/payforaday
Photo caption: Making a difference… Staff from Barratt Homes West Midlands visit Acorns to see how their generous donation will be spent.
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Notes to editors:
About Acorns Children’s Hospice
- Due to the sensitive nature of Acorns care services it refrains from using the words ‘terminal’ or ‘terminally ill’ in its press releases and public communications when describing the children who use Acorns and the conditions that they have. Instead, Acorns uses the words ‘life limited’, ‘life limiting’, or ‘life threatening’. Acorns kindly requests that you respect this in your communications when referring to Acorns Children’s Hospice. Acorns children have a lot of living to do. Thank you.
- This year Acorns is celebrating its 30th Acorns in Birmingham, Selly Oak was opened in 1988 by HRH Diana, Princess of Wales. Acorns in the Black Country, Walsall opened in 1999 and Acorns for the Three Counties, Worcester opened in 2005. To find out more about this year’s 30th celebrations and how you can get involved, visit www.acorns.org.uk/30years
- Acorns is currently the UK and the world’s largest children’s hospice charity, as measured by the number of children who we are helping to care for.
- It costs nearly £10 million a year to run our care services providing care for the child and support for families. Acorns relies heavily on the community to fund the majority of its activities.
- To find out more about Acorns, please visit acorns.org.uk/30years
About Barratt Homes
- Last year Barratt Homes raised a grand total of £45,835 for charity and directed £21,000 of that sum towards a day of care at each of Acorns hospices.
- For further information about Barratt Homes please contact Catherine Senior or Ruby Harrison on 0116 247 1777 or firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
- Barratt Homes is part of Barratt Developments PLC, a FTSE100 company.
- Barratt Group sold 17,395 homes in the year to June 2017, making it the biggest housebuilder by volume in Britain
- Barratt was awarded a maximum five star rating for the ninth consecutive year in the 2017 Home Builders Federation Customer Satisfaction Survey
- Site managers working for Barratt Group won 74 awards for quality workmanship in the 2017 NHBC Pride in the Job Awards. Barratt has won more Pride in the Job awards than any other housebuilder for the last 13 years