This week I’ve spent my first night in our local Acorn’s children’s hospice, giving the staff chance to get to know my little one whilst I’m on hand and I cannot believe how amazing this place is.
When Livvy was still with us the word hospice filled me with fear. As far as I was concerned a hospice was where children went to die.
I was so wrong it’s a place where children live.
In the last 24 hours I have seen so much laughter,
so much love
so much life.
Children with smiles that light up a room, laughter than echoes through the corridors.
It’s a truly wonderful place , full of staff that really care for the children and for who nothing is too much trouble.
I cannot believe how wrong I was.
Yes it’s a place that cares for severely disabled children but it’s not the disabilities that are seen here it’s the characters, the spirits. Here in this special place children are simply that children.
It’s a welcome relief for parents knowing they have a place that their children can go and be cared for whilst they get their much needed respite.
It’s a magical place where children can escape the boring parents have fun and laughter with friends.
Honestly it’s beautiful.
The support that families receive is second to none. I personally know of two families who walked the painful journey of losing their child with Acorns by their side. Of course it doesn’t stop the pain but having someone who understands is priceless.
I have really enjoyed my stay here and I know little one has too. We are looking forward to more visits and the making of more memories.
Acorns has helped over 2,470 children and their families since it was established in 1988
Last year2, Acorns supported over 760 children and more than 980 families, including those who are bereaved:
Acorns is currently supporting:
Over 250 children and around 340 families at Acorns in Birmingham3
Over 200 children and over 280 families at Acorns in the Black Country3
Over 190 children and more 250 families at Acorns for the Three Counties3
Read more about how amazing they are here
Please take time today to check out your local children’s hospice and maybe even consider making 2016 the year you decide to fundraise for them. Every penny raised in a penny towards keeping families together and children happy. The services and support is so needed.
For more information on Acorns and how you could support them visit here…