The chief executive of a Midlands charity has issued a rallying-call for members of the public to join a national campaign and support the vital work of their local children’s hospice.
Speaking during Children’s Hospice Week (21 May), Toby Porter, Chief Executive of Acorns Children’s Hospice, has outlined how the support of the local community is more important than ever as the charity faces an increasing number a challenges.
Toby said: “More children are accessing Acorns services than ever before in our 30 year history, yet we know there is still much unmet need out there in our local community.
“Advances in medical care means children and babies who would have previously sadly died, are thankfully living longer, often with more highly complex clinical needs. Alongside this, state-run services and care providers are increasingly stretched, meaning more families than ever are turning to children’s palliative care services like ours.”
In the past year Acorns has cared for over 870 children and more than 1,090 families, including those who are bereaved.
Toby added: “Children’s Hospice Week is the perfect opportunity for members of the public to ask themselves what they could do to support the children and families in their local communities to whom Acorns is a lifeline.
“Whether it’s signing up to volunteer your time in an Acorns shop, getting together with friends and colleagues to fundraise, or joining one of our fundraising events, your support means so much and is as vital as ever.
“We live in unpredictable times, and we need to raise more than £10 million every year to continue, but with the help of our wonderful supporters, staff and volunteers, we will ensure we continue to provide world class care to all the children and families referred to Acorns and receiving our specialist services.”
This week Acorns has announced an ambitious new three-year strategy, entitled Making Every Day Count, as it seeks to reach more children and families in the region who require its vital care and support. To read more, visit www.acorns.org.uk/makingeverydaycount
Photo caption: Toby Porter, Acorns Chief Executive.
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Notes to editors:
- 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
- Children’s Hospice Week, run by UK charity Together for Short Lives, is the only week in the year dedicated to raising awareness and funds children across the UK living with life-limiting conditions, and the services that support them. For more information, visit togetherforshortlives.org.uk
- 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.