‘Finding what you need in shops is hard at the moment – but it’s even harder for families at Acorns’

As the impact of the coronavirus pandemic is felt across the nation, Acorns is adapting the way it helps families who rely on its care and support.

Families with life limited and life threatened children were among those who self-isolated immediately before the virus began to spread in the UK and, as essential supplies became hard to find for all, those in isolation have been hit the hardest.

This is why dedicated care teams and volunteers from Acorns have been delivering care packages containing these essential items to families for whom just going to the shops has now become an even greater challenge.

Among them is Acorns Area Fundraiser Mel Hall. 

“This is a really difficult time at the moment for everybody including our families who are self-isolating so it’s really important that Acorns is still here to support them in any way that it possibly can, which includes making sure they have the essentials such as food and toiletries whilst they might be struggling to get out to get these for themselves.

“As you’ll all know getting out to the shops and finding what you need is becoming increasingly harder at the moment. But it’s even harder when you’re the carer for a child who is life threatened or life limited. 

As well as delivering care packages to family homes we’re also making sure we’re in close contact with our families to make sure that they’re not alone at this difficult time.

“I also want to say a huge thank you to those who are continuing to support Acorns Children’s Hospice, we are so very very grateful. Thank you so very much and please all stay safe.”

If anyone would like to donate essential items to families at Acorns, please do not visit Acorns hospices in person. For the protection of staff and families during the outbreak, the hospices are currently closed to external visitors.

If you can help, please contact Supporter Services by emailing your details to supporterservices@acorns.org.uk.

Useful items include:

  • Tinned food
  • Toiletries
  • Toilet roll
  • Handwash and hand sanitiser
  • Baby milk and nappies

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