At Midland Heart we believe we have a responsibility to give something back to our local communities, particularly at a time when we are experiencing significant cost of living increases.
We asked our colleagues to vote for our corporate charity of the year, from a selection of organisations nominated by employees in our inclusion networks. It is with great pleasure we announce that Acorns Children’s Hospice was the most highly voted and subsequently selected as our corporate charity for 2023.
Acorns provide care and support across the Midlands to babies, children, and young people with life-threatening or life-limiting illnesses and their families. This can include palliative care, short breaks, and therapeutic activities to support them in their moments of need.
As well as providing bespoke care for children and young people, Acorns has a dedicated team offering practical, psychological and emotional support to families. This includes a range of services, such as post-bereavement and family support groups, bringing together families and loved ones in similar situations.
Last year, Acorns became the first hospice in Britain to be awarded a UNICEF UK Silver Award, for their commitment to the protection of children’s rights.
Providing this level of service costs around £10 million a year, which is largely funded by donations from the community and fundraising activities.
Representatives from Midland Heart recently visited Acorns to learn more about the organisation and discuss the ways we can help support the continuation of the care they provide.
Vic Mason, Policy Advisor, and member of the Harmony inclusion network, responsible for nominating Acorns, commented:
“I felt privileged to visit and get a greater understanding of the support they offer to families in our community. The crucial care services they provide alongside more bespoke services such as hydrotherapy and musical therapy are a lifeline for families when they need it most – and it’s important to remember how vital fundraising is to keep these services going.”