Acorns Children’s Hospice offers vital care for babies, children and young people with life limiting and life threatening conditions across the West Midlands – including Cheltenham and Gloucester.
The children and young people that Acorns helps are not expected to reach adulthood and require specialist care 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
The charity operates three hospices including Cheltenham and Gloucestershire’s local hospice, Acorns for the Three Counties in Worcester; Acorns in Birmingham, Selly Oak; and Acorns in the Black Country, in Walsall.
The hospices provide a home-from-home environment where children take part in a variety of fun and therapeutic activities, from arts and crafts sessions to hydrotherapy. Children visit Acorns for respite, short breaks, end of life and emergency care.
As well as care for children, Acorns offers support for their families. Acorns provides a mix of support groups which meet regularly so family members can take part in a variety of activities, helping them to express their feelings, build friendships with others in similar situations and reduce isolation.
In the last year, Acorns has cared for over 870 children and supported more than 1,090 families, including those who are bereaved.