Welcome to the Acorns family!

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.

Why we’re here

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.

What we do

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.

Where we work

We are a charity providing care and support to local families from our three hospices and within the family home and community.

We care for children and support families from our three hospices

  • Acorns in Birmingham, based in Selly Oak, supports families from Birmingham, North Warwickshire and Coventry.
  • Acorns in the Black Country, based in Walsall, supports families from Walsall, Sandwell, Dudley, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire and Shropshire.
  • Acorns for the Three Counties, based in Worcester, supports families from Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and South Warwickshire.
A map showing the region where Acorns Children's Hospice works and the location of our three hospices

How we’re funded

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.

Of every £1 Acorns raises, 85p is spent on care

You can learn more about how we’re funded and what we spend your kind donations on in our Annual Financial Accounts and Impact Report on our publications page.