Campaign to save Acorns Children's Hospice has raised £200,000

The charity launched a campaign last month to raise £2m over the next four years

Acorns Children's Hospice
Acorns Children's Hospice

Acorns Children’s Hospice has raised more than £200,000 in the first month of its appeal to keep one of its hospices open.

The charity last month launched a campaign to raise £2m over the next four years to save its Black Country Hospice in Walsall, which had been earmarked for closure.

A national campaign led by Together for Short Lives resulted in NHS England agreeing to stump up £25m of additional funding for children’s hospices, giving Acorns the additional time to continue operating its Walsall hospice and to launch a fundraising campaign to preserve its long-term future.

Acorns said yesterday that its appeal had raised £220,000 since it was launched on 19 July.

The sum includes £100,000 from a former staff member, which was announced last week.

The appeal has been backed by the actor Dame Julie Walters, who urged people to support the campaign.

"Children's hospices are incredible places that help families going through the toughest times," she said.

"It's clear just how much Acorns in the Black Country means to all the families who depend on its services and to the amazing staff and volunteers for whom it's not just a place of work but more like an extended family."

Other famous names to support the appeal include the comedian Jasper Carrott and the Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi.

The charity supports more than 230 children through the Walsall hospice, which employs about 60 staff. It operates two other hospices in the West Midlands.

Toby Porter, chief executive of Acorns, said the response from the local community had been "awe-inspiring".

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