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UB40 visit Acorns Children's Hospice

Duncan and Robin Campbell from UB40 meet staff during a visit to Acorns in Birmingham. Picture by Matt Campbell.

Birmingham music legends UB40 recently took some time out of their busy schedule working on a new album to pay a visit to Acorns Children’s Hospice.

Duncan and Robin Campbell popped into Acorns in Birmingham (Selly Oak) to meet staff, children and families, before having a tour with Head Nurse Lindsey Homer.

Commenting on the visit, Robin said: “With Acorns coming up to its 30th anniversary next year it seemed like the perfect opportunity to drop by. As proud Brummies we know all about the vital work Acorns does across the city so it was fantastic to visit.

“What Acorns do is serious, but they do it beautifully. It’s such a special place and it’s so bright, colourful and welcoming – you can’t help but leave with a smile!”

The band have a long association with Acorns, with the group contributing to a charity album in 1986 called ‘Action!’ to help raise the funds needed to build the hospice in Birmingham.

When the hospice eventually opened in 1988, it was one of the first children’s hospices in the world providing care for life limited and life threatened children and support for their families.

Acorns Head Nurse, Lindsey Homer, said: “It was such a treat to have the lads here and we were all very excited to meet them! We’re grateful to them for taking time out of recording to meet staff and families and learn more about what we do in the hospice and the local community.”

In the past year Acorns has provided care to more than 865 children and over 1,088 families, including those who are bereaved.

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Acorns Children’s Hospice press information, please contact:
David Chamberlain, tel: 01564 825020 / 07817 612 422 /
Ben Mottram, tel: 01564 825063 / 07971 913 042 /

Note 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’ – terms that are used by medical experts at the point of diagnosis of the child, and which are commonly used in the UK’s children’s hospice movement and paediatric palliative care communications. 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.

Acorns provides babies, children and young people aged 0 – 18 years who have life limiting or life threatening conditions and associated complex needs with a network of specialist palliative nursing care and support. A holistic service meets the needs of both the children and young people and their families, including the bereaved. This includes short break provision; emergency and end of life care; therapeutic and psychosocial support; sibling services; and family support. A package of care is tailored for each individual child which includes their medical, emotional, cultural, religious and spiritual needs. This package is provided both in the hospice and a family’s home.

It costs £9.6 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. 

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