Redundancies at Acorns Children's Hospice

Charity cuts 15 jobs and launches survival appeal to tackle falling donations

With donations falling, the Acorns Children's Hospice Trust will make 15 redundancies as part of a bid to save £1.5m.

Staff from the hospice's holistic services and sibling support schemes will lose their jobs, and activity sessions with beneficiaries at the hospice will be cut. David Strudley, chief executive of the charity, said its residential services would not be affected.

Aston Villa Football Club announced yesterday that it would continue its shirt ‘sponsorship' deal with the charity for the 2009/10 football season. It means the charity will continue to have its name on shirts worn by players during matches, but will receive no money from the arrangement.

When the deal was confirmed last year, Acorns was the first charity to be advertised on a Premier League club's kit.

Acorns runs three hospices, in Birmingham, Walsall and Worcester, and employs more than 170 staff. The charity supports 600 children with life-limiting conditions.

An Acorns spokeswoman said: "We've launched a survival appeal and we need to make sure that we're still around next year."

Further details on the charity's cost-cutting measures are expected by mid-March.

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