Keep Acorns Children's Hospice in Walsall Open

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On the 4th June 2019, Acorns Children's Hospice shared their proposal to close down their hospice in Walsall.

This has come as devastating news to the 233 families who currently receive care and support there, as well as staff facing redundancy and to the wider community.

Acorns Walsall is a fabulous facility offering home from home care to children with life limiting or life threatening conditions.  As well as end of life care, it provides much needed respite to families who otherwise wouldn't have access to this level of care.

This isn't the sort of thing you can just move around and replicate.  There is something special about Acorns Walsall.  It isn't just a building.  It is all the dedicated staff and volunteers.  The relationships that have developed with families over the years.  Friendships. A garden filled with memorials to children who have passed away.  How does all of this be transferred? Once it is gone, its gone.

My daughter has been under the care of Acorns Walsall for years and I can testify what a lifeline this has been to our whole family.  

The proposal for existing families to attend hospices in Birmingham or Worcester cannot deliver the same level of care.  Many families will be unable to travel.  There is a need for this service in Walsall and prime time holiday/ weekend bookings are already in high demand. This situation is only going to get more stretched for all families supported by Acorns Children's Hospice if Walsall closes.

Clearly there are much bigger funding issues at play here and the proposal to close Acorns Walsall is symptomatic of wider funding problems in children's hospice care that need to be looked into.