At Acorns Children’s Hospice, we do everything we can to support families like Hugh’s. When the unimaginable happens we are here, helping families who are caring for life limited and life threatened children to feel safe, and making sure they know they don’t have to take this journey alone. Learn more about what this means through Hugh’s story, told by his mum, Emma.
We believe no family caring for a life limited or life threatened child should do it alone. Our families are our inspiration and the reason we exist, their stories show how their local children’s hospice is both their lifeline and their home from home.
Our care is about offering choice. We know every family is different, that’s why we tailor their care, support and the services they can access to fit their individual needs. This is reflected in the family stories above. For Haniya’s family, support groups and making precious memories are what’s important, whereas for Charlie’s family short breaks are absolutely essential to give them respite from caring round the clock. We provide a wide range of services, allowing us to give families the opportunity to choose their level of support.
We care for children and support families from our three hospices
It costs around £10 million a year to run our care services in the hospices and community, providing care for children and support for families. Of this £10 million, around 35% comes from Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and other statutory bodies, around £1.1 million is generated by our network of charity shops and around 60% (or £6 million) comes from the generosity of people like you in the local community.