War Veteran Joins Fight to Save Acorns Black Country Hospice

An 82-year-old war veteran is fighting a new battle – to save Acorns Black Country Hospice from closure.

Brian Freeth, who served with the Royal Pioneer Corps during the Suez Canal Crisis in 1956, has joined the army of supporters backing Acorns £2million fundraising appeal, launched last month.

The Walsall resident, who is a National Standard Bearer for the Royal British Legion, put his best foot forward this week to raise money for the appeal with a sponsored five mile walk.

Mr Freeth’s fundraiser, which was supported by the Black Country Housing Association, friends and family raised more than £160 for the Save Acorns Black Country Hospice Appeal.

And to thank him for his efforts, children, staff and volunteers from Acorns cheered Mr Freeth on, waving homemade flags, as he passed the Walstead Road hospice during his walk on Wednesday 14 August.

The Save Acorns Black Country Children’s Hospice Appeal was launched by Acorns on the back of significant new funding locally and nationally from the NHS.

The appeal sets out to raise £2 million to towards the Walsall hospice – which the charity had proposed for closure – until the full amount of new Government funding is reached. If the appeal is successful, it will lead to the closure proposal being withdrawn completely. 

Find out how you can support the Save Acorns Black Country Hospice Appeal.