Worcester's Acorns' sister hospice in Walsall thrown potential lifeline amid closure fears
Worcester’s Bath Road-based Acorns for the Three Counties might not have to extend its service to Black Country families after the charity’s Walsall hospice was thrown a potential lifeline.
The Walsall hospice has been threatened with closure due to a fall in funding for the charity for children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions.
That meant Black Country families using Acorns’ services potentially having to travel to Worcester for them.
Closure has been put on hold for four months, to the end of March next year, giving the charity time to launch a major public fundraising appeal to save the hospice.
The lifeline comes following a commitment of significant new NHS funding from Black Country healthcare commissioners and an earlier announcement by NHS England that it would double its central funding support to the country’s children’s hospices over the next five years.
Acorns chief executive, Toby Porter, said: “We are deeply grateful for the new pledges of NHS support nationally and locally and for the recognition they convey of the importance of Acorns children’s hospice care to local children and families.
“These pledges have created a lifeline for our vital services in the Black Country. We will now do all we can to raise the final funds we need to secure the hospice’s longer-term future by appealing to the local community for their support.”
An urgent public fundraising appealwill be now be launched by Acorns to raise the final funds needed to save the Black Country Hospice in Walsall from closure altogether.
If the appeal is successful, it will lead to the closure proposal being completely withdrawn.
The appeal sets out to raise £2 million towards the Walsall hospice for the next four years, until the full amount of new Government funding is reached.
All funds raised from the appeal will be spent on delivering care at the hospice to Black Country children and families.
Photo caption: Potential lifeline: Acorns’ Black Country hospice in Walsall.