Acorns Children's Hospice in Walsall secures funding to temporarily stay open

A national campaign succeeded in securing additional NHS funding of £25m

Acorns' Black Country Hospice in Walsall
Acorns' Black Country Hospice in Walsall

Acorns Children’s Hospice has put on hold a decision to close one of its centres after a national campaign was successful in securing additional funding from the NHS.

Acorns said in June that it would be forced to close its Black Country Hospice in Walsall because of funding cuts.

But a campaign led by Together for Short Lives resulted in NHS England agreeing to stump up £25m of additional funding for children’s hospices.

Acorns, which operates three hospices in the West Midlands, said the move would enable it to keep its Walsall hospice open until at least March 2020 and give it time to launch a major public fundraising appeal to raise £2m over the next four years to save the centre.

The charity supports more than 230 children through the Walsall hospice, which employs about 60 staff.

Toby Porter, chief executive of Acorns, 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."

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