Today is International Day of Charity, and we’re marking the day by spreading the word about the fantastic charity that we’re supporting this year.
Each year, the Hollis team votes for a charity to support and fundraise for through various events and initiatives, from bake sales to band nights to sponsored bungee jumps. Our charity of the year for 2019/2020 is Acorns Children’s Hospice.
Acorns operates three children’s hospices around the West Midlands that offer care and support for children with disabilities and life limiting illnesses. They have fully trained staff able to care for around 16 children simultaneously at each hospice, on a one on one basis if needed, 24 hours a day, 51 weeks of the year. For the most part Acorns provides a safe place for parents to take their children for a day, or a week, so that they may take a break from the pressures of caring for severely dependent children, each of whom have very unique requirements. It currently costs nearly £10 million a year to run their care services, providing care for the children and support for their families, and Acorns relies heavily on the community to fund the majority of their activities.
The charity provided amazing support to one of our Senior Associates, Michael Cunningham, and his wife when they needed it the most. In 2016, Michael’s twin daughters were born prematurely at 23 weeks weighing 1lb 5oz and 1lb 7oz. After five months of fighting and being in four hospitals, Natalie’s bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD), also known as chronic lung disease, had worsened to the point of being a life limiting illness and all treatment options had been exhausted. And that’s when Michael and his wife were introduced to Acorns.
Michael said: “It’s very hard to explain what they did, or how they did it, but very quickly they had helped to organise transport, medical care and equipment so that we could take Natalie home for one night after which we moved in to a flat at the hospice. We had everything we needed to operate independently in the knowledge that at the bottom of the stairs trained nurses were ready, willing and able to help us. Sadly, Natalie passed away seven days after arriving at Acorns… To this day, without the love, support and warmth everyone at Acorns gave us, I don’t think Natalie would have lived that long. Acorns allowed us to be a family for what will be the most special week of my life.”
We are extremely excited to be working with Acorns and can’t wait to continue to raise vital funds so that they can continue their amazing work.
To find out more about Acorns, visit their website here.