Eleanor Smith

MPs to lobby government over hospice's closure


The government's being urged to do anything it can to help a children's hospice which is set to close due to a lack of funds.

Painted sign for Acorns

Earlier this month, Acorns in Walsall, which looked after 200 children in the last year, announced it could shut at the beginning of October.

The charity cared for about 800 children, plus their families, across the wider West Midlands last year.

Several Black Country MPs, including Wolverhampton's Pat McFadden and Eleanor Smith and Dudley North's Ian Austin, met with the charity this week and agreed to write to Health Secretary Matt Hancock.

We've resolved to write together on a cross-party basis to the Secretary of State for Health to see if there is any help that the government can give Acorns to avoid the loss of what is a huge asset for people in the Black Country."

Pat McFaddenWolverhampton South East Labour MP