COUNTY charity chiefs at Acorns Children’s Hospice have welcomed a potential £200million cash boost but urged the Government to swiftly reveal how it would be allocated.
Toby Porter, chief executive of the charity welcomed the news revealed by Chancellor Rishi Sunak last week and highlighted his particular support for the country’s hospices, in recognition of the vital services they provide.
“The pandemic has greatly reduced our income at Acorns both from fund-raising and from our shops, as it has for all charities. We are reassured by this major announcement and look forward to finding out how this Government support will be allocated,” he said.
“Like all the many fantastic organisations in the hospice sector nationally, Acorns is providing critical support in the response to this pandemic.
“We have drawn upon all our specialist expertise and manpower to do everything we can alongside our NHS colleagues in the fight, as well as continuing to be there for all the children and families in our local community who need us at this worrying time.
“This announcement from the Government should also inspire people to continue to support their local charities, if they are in a position to do so.
“We are all in this together, and your generosity along with this vital Government support will allow hospices like Acorns continue to provide our vital care during this emergency, and long after this virus has been defeated,” he added.