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Donations power Acorns' support for vulnerable families

27 May 2020

Community Champions
Acorns volunteers with donations.

The overwhelming amount of donations that have been received by Acorns Children's Hospice has meant the charity has been able to help even more vulnerable families than ever.

The Black Country Hospice have been able to use the donations, that include essentials such as toiletries, baby milk and food, to help more people in the region, not just those that are normally supported by the charity.

With the unprecedented level of donations received, Acorns have been unable to store, package and deliver everything. The surplus was shared with The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust's Partnering Families Team based at The Gem Centre which supports some of the most vulnerable women and children in Wolverhampton to ensure that these items weren’t going to waste and were reaching the people who needed help the most.

Acorns and the Trust have had to adapt to the circumstances by providing this level of support for vulnerable families. Acorns is continuing to provide emergency and end of life hospice care as well as emotional and practical support to 600 families who are strictly isolating at home, while caring for a life limited or life-threatened child. Acorns is also bringing in children from local hospitals with complex care needs so that they can focus on supporting intensive care patients. The Birmingham hospice has closed for the first time in its 30 year history and has been made available as an emergency coronavirus response unit if needed.