Around £578,000 has been raised for Acorns Children’s Hospice and the charity’s Room to Grow Appeal, which launched in February.
He is on track to meet the £750,000 target to renovate his Walsall hospice, Acorns in the Black Country.
The funds will go towards a number of significant improvements to the Walstead Road site, including 10 children’s rooms where children stay for short breaks, emergency or end-of-life care, and a new arts and crafts room. specially designed.
Noel Cramer, Director of Support Engagement at Acorns, said: “It has always been our vision to unlock the potential of our Black Country hospice.
“So it’s really wonderful to witness the ongoing transformation of the building and to see our dream of this local lifeguard come true.
“Acorns in the Black Country is loved and trusted by many in our local community, and we look forward to welcoming children and families to enjoy these state-of-the-art facilities when the hospice reopens in the new year. .
“There is still a bit of a way to go, but the finish line is in sight.
“These incredible improvements are only possible with the help of the amazing Black Country community, who have stepped up and supported Acorns and our Room to Grow appeal time and time again over the last 12 months.
“Without you, we wouldn’t be here, on behalf of everyone here Acorns, thank you very much.”
The Walsall-based hospice is temporarily closed to allow for major refurbishment.
Due to past financial constraints, no significant internal refurbishment has been possible for many years.
This work will see the site become the first Acorns hospice to have intubated oxygen, recognizing the increasing complexities of children receiving care.
There will also be a new, purpose-built arts and crafts room, called Isabella’s Place, where children will enjoy free expression through art.
The room is named ‘Isabella’s Place,’ in honor of Isabella Lyttle, who spent many happy hours among glitters and crayons, and in appreciation of the extraordinary efforts of her parents, Mark Lyttle and Jen Dalton, to rally the community to save the local life line
Among other enhancements, special rooms where families can spend precious moments with their child after their death, family care suite and hospice dining room expansion are part of the exciting development.
Acorns in the Black Country, which had been under threat of closure due to financial difficulties, was saved in April 2021 thanks to the actions and generosity of numerous individuals, businesses, celebrities and sports teams from across the local community.
During the pandemic, the hospice remained open every day, providing vital services needed by local children and their families, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
It costs Acorns £27,000 a day to provide their care and support, most of which comes from fundraising and donations.
To find out more about the Acorns Room to Grow Appeal and how you can get involved, visit acorns.org.uk/roomtogrowappeal