An exclusive tour of the hidden garden sanctuary at Acorns Children’s Hospice is on offer to the public this Sunday 21 June – thanks to the magic of technology.
Lockdown measures may prevent people from visiting Acorns for the Three Counties annual open garden event in person, but its glorious garden will still be available to explore with new virtual tour.
You’ll get to see the rich variety of beautiful blooms grown as you tour the extensive gardens at the Bath Road hospice, plus learn about Acorns vital work from the comfort of your very own home.
Barry Beakhouse, Gardener at Acorns for the Three Counties said: “Whether you’re a plant lover or not, our virtual tour promises to be a real insight into our stunning garden sanctuary that many people aren’t aware is there. They really are beautiful, so come and take a look!”
Acorns Children’s Hospice provides specialist palliative care to life limited and life threatened children and young people across Worcester and the Three Counties, as well as support for their families.
The hospice gardens are designed with the children and their families in mind, from wheelchair accessible pathways to colourful views from the children’s bedroom windows.
Barry added: “The hospice gardens are so important to children and families at Acorns. They provide a quiet sanctuary where families can reflect, a place where children and siblings can enjoy playing together and even provide sensory stimulation with different sights, smells and sounds.
“They enable children and families to spend quality time together outside making precious memories that they can treasure.”
Amid the current challenges facing the nation, Acorns is continuing to provide emergency and end of life hospice care as well as emotional and practical support to hundreds of families who are in strict isolation at home.
In March, the charity published its emergency response for Covid-19, prioritising care for the most vulnerable children and their families and setting aside its hospice in the Black Country for children from local hospitals with complex care needs to help acute trusts maximise their intensive care capability.
As well as this, the charity temporarily closed its hospice in Birmingham and offered the facility for use in the emergency response.
Acorns needs the support of the community and local businesses as much as ever as it continues to care for some of the region’s most vulnerable families and support the NHS.
To join Acorns free Open Garden event, supporters must register online – virtual visitors can to make a donation to support Acorns care when signing up. A link to access the tour will be provided on the day at 11am.
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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.
- 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 www.acorns.org.uk
- To find out how Acorns has responded to the current coronavirus pandemic, please visit acorns.org.uk/coronavirus