25 years of exceptional care at Acorns Children’s Hospice

During 2013, Childlife charity Acorns Children’s Hospice has been celebrating 25 years of providing exceptional care to children and young people with conditions which are life-limiting and life threatening.

In 1988, when the first Acorns hospice opened its doors in Selly Oak, Birmingham, it was only the third children’s hospice to exist anywhere in the UK.

Nurse Sue Herlihy joined Acorns in 1988: ‘Back then, there were no books on delivering palliative care to children’, says Sue. So she and her colleagues were true pioneers - often fully stretched and carrying intense responsibility, but they were also learning; ‘from every child and every challenge’.

Over 25 years' of sterling service, Acorns has made a world of difference to over 2,000 children and their families at the most crucial time in their lives.

Acorns has now dramatically increased the reach of its services through two additional hospices – one in Walsall and one in Worcester. Just like the original Acorns in Selly Oak, they each provide specialist medical care in a welcoming home-from-home environment. They are fantastic places full of love and laughter, but as you’d imagine, the running costs are pretty relentless, with hydrotherapy pools, multi-sensory rooms and soft play areas to equip and maintain and all manner of essential services to provide – as well as the insightful care that makes such a difference to families.

Find out more about the milestones Acorns has passed during the last 25 years.

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