Acorns Children’s Hospice, a connection of our member BCU, is in need of PPE to support not only families in need but also the NHS.
Acorns Children’s Hospice has sent out an urgent call for protective masks and gowns as it steps-up in response to the coronavirus crisis.
The charity is doing everything it can to continue caring for children and families and to support the NHS during this national health emergency – but needs help sourcing essential equipment.
Acorns are appealing for local businesses to help provide FFP3 filtering masks and disposable gowns for its frontline care teams as they care for some of the most vulnerable children and families in the community.
Despite the current challenges facing the nation, Acorns is continuing to provide emergency and end of life hospice care as well as emotional and practical support to 600 families who are strictly isolating at home, while caring for a life-limited or life-threatened child, to ensure they don’t face this crisis alone.
Acorns are also working hard to support their NHS colleagues in the fight as well as welcoming children from local hospitals to maximise their intensive care capability.
And, for the first time in its 30-year history, Acorns has temporarily closed its hospice in Birmingham and offered the facility to the NHS to support COVID-19 patients of any age.
Vicki Rowles, Head of Fundraising at Acorns, said:
“Until this is over, we will do whatever it takes to support our children and families and the wider fight against coronavirus – but we need your help.
“The Government has instructed healthcare providers to use and more frequently change personal protective equipment (PPE) to reduce the exposure to COVID-19 for staff and families. As there is currently a national shortage of PPE, we are making this urgent appeal to our friends in the business community to help us source this vital equipment.
“Please join us in the fight against coronavirus as we continue to support some of the
community’s most vulnerable families and our colleagues in the NHS.”
If you can support Acorns and assist with sourcing or providing FFP3 filtering mask and disposal gowns, gloves and aprons, please or email [email protected]