Posted on 04.05.2023
Acorns hospice in Walsall has touched the lives of thousands of children and their families over the last 20 years. The charity provides nursing care and emotional support of the highest quality, but because of financial pressures, it’s not been possible to keep the building looking and feeling it’s best, especially in recent years.
A campaign was launched by Acorns in February 2022 to help raise the funds towards an exciting project to completely refurbish the much-loved facility. Thanks to the generosity of the local community the Appeal has been a huge success and Acorns has been able to complete the refurbishment work.
Included in the make-over are upgrades to the bedrooms used for end-of-life care, symptom management, emergency and planned short breaks. There are improvements to the special bedrooms, where families can spend precious time with their child after they have died, and a purpose-built arts and crafts room, named in honour of Isabella, who spent many happy hours crafting during her time at Acorns.
“The refurbished hospice looks absolutely stunning, and we are thrilled that we can open the doors again to local children and families. Thanks to the support of the local community we have been able create a hospice that will continue providing vital care for many years to come.” – Carmel Caldicott, Matron, Acorns in the Black Country.
Acorns dedicated teams provide specialist palliative care for over 700 babies, children and young people each year, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. It costs £27,000 every day to run Acorns services in their Worcester, Birmingham and Walsall and in the community, providing care for children and support for their families.
Update 31/5/23 – The new hospice is now open! Read more here.