A children’s hospice has been saved from closure after an emergency appeal raised more than £1m to secure its long-term future.
Acorns Children’s Hospice launched an urgent appeal to save its Black Country Children’s Hospice in Walsall in July 2019 after financial challenges forced the charity to earmark the property for closure.
Acorns, which runs two other hospices and provides care to hundreds of children and their families each year, said that despite the uncertainty of the past 12 months and the massive challenges created by the coronavirus pandemic, it had seen a huge groundswell of support from local people, fundraising groups and businesses.
Funds were raised through collections in pubs, at sports grounds and at outdoor events, in addition to workplace collections, sponsored walks and lemonade stands. Local business leaders also joined a special firewalk event at the Black Country Living Museum, said the charity.
It also received messages of support from celebrities including the actor Dame Julie Walters, the musician Noddy Holder, and writer/director Steven Knight, who created the TV series Peaky Blinders.
Acorns said it was delighted to announce that the long-term future of the hospice and its specialist care for life-limited and life-threatened children and their families had been secured.
Toby Porter, chief executive of Acorns, thanked the local community for their key role in ensuring the appeal’s success.
He said: “We are truly overjoyed to be able to share this wonderful news.
“In our darkest hour in 2019, the local community responded immediately and showed their determination to safeguard the long-term future of their local children’s hospice in Walsall. We simply wouldn’t be here today without the generosity that so many individuals, families, and businesses have shown.”