Children's hospice which was set to close is given a 'lifeline'

A cash-strapped children's hospice which was set to close, will stay open for four more months after receiving a grant.

Acorns announced it would be closing its Walsall site in June this year because of a lack of funding.

But local healthcare commissioners and NHS England have given them enough money to stay open until at least March 2020.

That will give them time to launch a major public appeal to raise funds to support the hospice for years to come, says the charity.

Mark Lyttle's 11-year-old daughter Isabella died in April after being in the hospice's care for eight years: