Can You Help Children’s Charity Pay for Extra Day of Care This February 29?

‘Make your extra day count by supporting local families’ – that’s the message from Acorns Children’s Hospice this leap day.

The charity is calling on the public to help it fund an additional day of care and support for life limited children and their families this February 29.

It costs £27,000 a day to run Acorns three hospices and provide its vital support. To help cover the cost of providing its services this leap day, Acorns has launched a special appeal.

There are many ways you can support Acorns in the run up to leap day from making a donation to hosting a fundraising event or visiting one of the charity’s retail shops.

You can also join one of Acorns leap day bucket collections at Birmingham Snow Hill Station, Worcester Foregate Street Station and Walsall Station on Saturday, February 29.

Acorns Chief Executive Toby Porter said: “For many families who use Acorns, knowing our specialist care and support services are available whenever they need them brings genuine comfort. Leap years are no different. For Acorns, this means we must raise an additional day’s funding to deliver our vital children’s hospice care.

“Raising the funds we need each and every day to provide our services is a real challenge for a local charity like Acorns. We are only able to do this thanks to the incredible support of our local communities. So, our message to you is this, please make your extra day count by supporting Acorns this February 29.”

Acorns Children’s Hospice provides specialist palliative care for babies, children and young people with life limiting and life threatening conditions, as well as support for their families.

This lifeline care is offered from the charity’s three hospices, based in Birmingham, Walsall and Worcester, and in the community.

In the past year, the charity has cared for more than 780 children and over 1,220 families, including those who are bereaved.

Acorns relies on generous donations and fundraising by local businesses and the local community for the majority of the funds it needs to provide its care and support services.

For more details on how you can support Acorns this leap day or to join one of the charity’s leap day bucket collections, please visit


For more information or for interview, photograph or filming opportunities, contact the PR and Communications team:

David Chamberlain: 01564 825020 / 07817 612422 /
Nicki Robinson: 01564 825062 / 07814 302153 /

Notes to editors:

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.

• It costs £27,000 every day to run Acorns services providing care for children and support for their families. The charity relies heavily on donations to fund the majority of its activities.

• To find out more about Acorns, please visit

How will you make your extra day count? Find out how you can help us fund an additional day’s care and support on February 29