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 to each individual child which includes their medical, emotional, cultural, religious and spiritual needs. This package is provided both at our hospices in Birmingham (Selly Oak), the Black Country (Walsall) and the Three Counties (Worcester) and in a family’s home.

It costs £9.3 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.

In 2015 Acorns supported over 800 children and more than 1,030  families, including those who are bereaved and the charity’s aim is to care for 1,000 children by the end of the decade.

Acorns was established in 1988 we provide care for babies, children and young people from 0-18 with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions and support for their families. In the last year, we have supported over 800 children and more than 1,080 families, (including those who are bereaved) across Birmingham, Coventry & Warwickshire, Walsall, Sandwell, Dudley, Wolverhampton, Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Gloucestershire, Staffordshire and Shropshire.