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16th Aug, 2022

Toby confirms Acorns departure after six years at the helm

Rob George 9th Jul, 2022

ACORNS Children’s Hospice chief executive Toby Porter has hailed the role as a ‘total privilege’ after revealing he will stand down from the post in September.

The charity chief will leave Acorns after six years at the helm to take up the Chief Executive position with Hospice UK, supporting the work of the country’s entire network of adult and children’s hospices.

He joined Acorns in 2016 from his previous role as CEO at HelpAge International, and over the past six years has helped steer the charity through a number of significant milestones and challenges.

Mr Porter most recently guided the charity through the unprecedented challenges of the pandemic and spoke of his ‘sadness, yet immense pride’ as he prepares to move on.

“It has been a total privilege to lead Acorns, and its wonderful team working and volunteering here,” he said.

“What will remain with me above all as I depart, will be the feeling of being humbled – every single day – seeing first-hand the countless ways Acorns makes a difference to children and families across our local community.

“Although it won’t be easy to say goodbye, it’s the right time to hand the reigns to someone else who can lead the charity with new ideas and fresh perspectives and help this vital children’s hospice service continue to flourish over the coming years,” Mr Porter.

Hospice chairman Mark Hopton, said: “Whilst all of us connected with Acorns will be sad to see Toby go, my fellow trustees and I can think of nobody better qualified to represent and champion the hospice sector nationally.

“Toby has provided truly inspirational and outstanding leadership to Acorns over the past six years, a period characterised by some extremely serious challenges.

“Toby and our wonderful team of employees and volunteers have guided Acorns to a position today of real strength and stability.

“It is heartening to know that Toby will continue following his passion for hospice and end of life care on the national level and on behalf of everyone at Acorns, we wish him all the very best.”

Trustees will shortly begin the process of recruiting his successor.

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