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

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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.

The number of children the hospice looked after last year

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

These pledges have created a lifeline for our vital services in the Black Country.

We will now do all we can to raise the final funds we need to secure the hospice’s longer-term future by appealing to the local community for their support.

On behalf of everyone at Acorns, I would like to say a heartfelt thanks to the families, the local community and their elected representatives, and NHS commissioners who have shown such appreciation for the invaluable children’s hospice care provided by our team at Walsall, and such passion for it to be available to the families that need it in the future.

We have been truly humbled and hugely encouraged by the recognition of the importance that our Walsall children’s hospice has to the Black Country community.

– Toby Porter, Acorns Chief Executive