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Monday 22nd September 2003
Contract is ready to sign for new hospice
Artists impression of the new hospice
Artists impression of the new hospice
The dream of a new Acorns hospice to support life-limited children will take a massive step closer to becoming reality when the contract for the project is signed.
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Acorns Selly Oak was the third in the world when it was opened in 1988

They opened their second hospice, Acorns Walsall, in 1999

Acorns has helped more than 900 families in the past 14 years

They care for children who are unlikely to reach adulthood, and offer support to their families

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The charity’s £4 million appeal to build the state-of-the-art hospice, on the southern outskirts of Worcester, broke through the £3 million mark at the end of July and as Acorns’ Chief Executive, John Overton, explains: "Although we still have £1 million to raise in order to finish building and equipping the hospice, the committed and generous support from local people and groups has given us the confidence to sign the contract for building to begin."

Malvern-based Speller-Metcalfe have been chosen as builders and are expected on site at the end of October. "We are absolutely delighted to have won this prestigious contract," said Steve Speller, Joint Managing Director.

"It is our privilege to have been entrusted with the task of building the new Acorns children’s hospice, a commission which will be of very special importance to all of our staff and employees.

"With a local workforce approaching 100, we bring to Acorns a wealth of experience and ability and we will all take pride in the challenge involved in this exciting project."

The build will take around 13 months to complete. The 10-bed hospice will have an acre of landscaped gardens all designed to be as interactive and accessible as possible for the children who visit – many of whom will use wheelchairs or have sensory impairments.

The grounds also include an acre of paddock for resident donkeys, Dotty and Sally.

Children at the hospice will be able to exercise in the hydrotherapy pool, relax in the multi-sensory room and enjoy messy play in the specially designed playroom.

The hospice will have a wing for teenagers and plenty of accommodation for parents and siblings.

"We will actually sign the contracts during Children’s Hospice Week which makes the whole event even more poignant, especially as new research indicates that more children than ever in the Three Counties will need the support and specialist care of a children’s hospice," added Mr Overton.

"As the hospice moves from architect’s plans to bricks and mortar so too our care for families at home is developing.

"With support from the National Lottery and working closely with local Primary Care Trusts, we have also recently appointed two new home support workers to join the Three Counties team and a dedicated worker for siblings in the region.

"This means that together with the new hospice we will be able to offer a holistic support network in the Three Counties, for the many local families struggling to cope with a life-limited child.

"None of this would be possible without the loyal generosity given to Acorns by the people from the Three Counties and across the West Midlands.

"We are thrilled to have got so far and hope that local communities will share our excitement and continue to support our fundraising so we can complete this much-needed facility for 250 children and their families."

For details of forthcoming events or information on how you can help the Three Counties Appeal, call 01905 767676 or visit www.acorns.org.uk.

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