New Government Culture Secretary Visits Worcester Children’s Charity

 

Acorns Children’s Hospice has welcomed a visit from the Government’s new Culture Secretary in one of the MP’s first official visits in his new role.

 

Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, the Rt. Hon Jeremy Wright QC MP, visited Acorns for the Three Counties, based in Worcester to meet staff and volunteers and to have a tour of the specialist facilities and extensive gardens by Head Nurse, Gilda Davis and Acorns Chief Executive, Toby Porter.

 

Toby Porter, said: “We were honoured to welcome Jeremy to Acorns to see first-hand the work we do. We were impressed with the great care Jeremy took to understand, not just the importance of the specialist palliative care we provide to our local communities, but also some of the challenges facing Acorns and other hospices in the region.

 

“Currently 24 children and their families from Jeremy’s Kenilworth and Southam constituency are accessing Acorns care, so we were particularly pleased to be given the opportunity to share with him the various ways we support and care for those families.”

 

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 the Three Counties and South Warwickshire.

 

Jeremy Wright MP said: “Acorns makes a huge difference to many lives and it was a pleasure to meet some of those who do so much to achieve that.”

 

 

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 Acorns nearly £10 million each year to provide its services and it relies on the generosity of the public for the majority of this amount.

 

To find out more about Acorns, please visit www.acorns.org.uk 

 

 

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Photo caption: Jeremy Wright MP joins Acorns Chief Executive Toby Porter, and Acorns for the Three Counties Head Nurse, Gilda Davis on a tour of the Worcester hospice.

 

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

David Chamberlain: 01564 825020 / 07817 612422 / david.chamberlain@acorns.org.uk

Nicki Robinson: 01564 825062 / nicki.robinson@acorns.org.uk

 

 

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