The MP for Cheltenham is backing a charity’s call for more people and businesses to support the vital work of their local hospice.
Alex Chalk visited Acorns Children’s Hospice on Thursday 26 July for a tour of the charity’s Worcester hospice, Acorns for the Three Counties.
Now the MP is urging his constituents to support Acorns, which in the past year has cared for 80 children and families from Cheltenham and Gloucestershire.
Alex said: “It was such a privilege to be able to visit Acorns for the Three Counties. I expected this to be emotionally grueling but it is such a warm, uplifting place with incredibly positive, caring and professional staff.
“I’m proud to support Acorns in its call for more support from members of the public and local businesses. In particular Acorns needs more community volunteers, so if you’re looking for a great cause to help, please contact the charity and donate your time.”
Acorns for the Three Counties, based in the Bath Road, opened in 2005 and provides specialist palliative care to life limited and life threatened children and support for their families across Cheltenham and Gloucestershire.
Acorns Chief Executive, Toby Porter, said: “It was an honour to welcome Alex to our Worcester hospice and we’re extremely grateful to him for not only taking the time to visit us but for championing our work within his constituency and lending his voice to our appeal for more supporters.
“Acorns for the Three Counties is Cheltenham’s local hospice and the support of the local community is more important than ever. As we celebrate our 30th anniversary, now is the perfect time for members of the public and local businesses to ask themselves what they could do to support the children and families in their community to whom Acorns is a lifeline.”
In the past year Acorns has provided care to over 870 children and more than 1,090 families, including those who are bereaved.
It costs the charity nearly £11 million every year to provide its services and it relies on fundraising for the bulk of this amount.
To find out more about how you can support Acorns, visit: www.acorns.org.uk
Photo caption: Alex Chalk, MP for Cheltenham, with Acorns CEO Toby Porter.
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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.
- 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 services providing care for the child and support for families. Acorns relies heavily on donations to fund the majority of its activities.
- To find out more about Acorns, please visit acorns.org.uk