A Tribute to Sally Parsons, an Acorns legend

We are deeply saddened by the loss of Acorns legend Sally Parsons, who passed away on the 10th of March, and whose funeral was held today (4th April 2022). The hearse transporting Sally to the funeral stopped at the entrance of our hospice in Worcester earlier this morning so that those of us unable to attend her service could pay our respects. It was a poignant but beautiful moment.

Anyone who has visited our hospice in Worcester over the years will have been impressed by Sally’s commitment and dedication to Acorns. Sally started working for Acorns in 2005 when the hospice in Worcester first opened. She was appointed as Head Housekeeper but her role and her standing at the hospice became so much more than that.

Sally was truly a one of a kind. Everyone knew that, whatever the organigram may have said, Sally was the real ‘boss’ of Acorns for the Three Counties. She was always the go-to person for any questions or queries about the building or anything at all. She always threw herself completely into any activities and her kindness and compassion ensured that the children and families we care for always had exactly what they needed.

She was usually one of the first people to arrive in the morning and even as she was making her way home for the day if there was an emergency admission she would drop her bags and support the team 100%. She would often come in over weekends and holidays. She always put the children and the Acorns care service at the heart of everything she did.

Sally was a housekeeper like no other – a force to be reckoned with, but with a big heart and would turn her hand to anything to support all her colleagues across all teams. We all have our own special memories of Sally, the events she organised, the training she delivered, the care and kindness she showed to her colleagues and the compassion she showed to the children and the families.

She will never fade into the background and we all at Acorns feel grateful to have known her, she has enriched all our lives.