Acorns Children’s Hospice has raised £450,000 in four months as it bids to secure the long-term future of one of its facilities.
The charity launched an urgent appeal in July to raise £2m over 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.
The funds raised include £100,000 from a former staff member, which was announced in August, and the appeal has been backed by local celebrities including Dame Julie Walters, Jasper Carrott and Noddy Holder.
The charity said in a statement it was in a position from today to remove an earlier limit on families booking stays for their children beyond March.
Toby Porter, chief executive of the charity, which employs about 60 staff and operates two other hospices in the West Midlands, said the local community had been responding in an amazing way.
"I want to thank everyone who has responded so generously and who have shown that we can reach our target," he said.
But the charity still had a long way to go, he added.