A children's hospice is urging people to make February 29 count by supporting its Leap Day appeal.

Acorns Children's Hospice, which has numerous charity shops in Worcester, has launched a special appeal for funds to provide an extra day's care.

The charity offers palliative care to babies, children, and young people with life-limiting and life-threatening health conditions, and also providing support to their families.



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Over the past year, Acorns has lent a helping hand to over 750 children across the West Midlands region, serving almost 1,000 families, including those grieving a loss.

The charity requires approximately £30,000 each day for its hospice care, with donations and fundraising the region's population accounting for two-thirds of that amount.

Acorns chief executive Trevor Johnson said: "Our children's hospice care never takes a day off.

"The reassurance that we are here for children and families whenever they need us provides genuine comfort.

"Leap Years are no different.

"For Acorns, this means we must raise an additional day’s funding to deliver our specialist care and support."

He added: "We only can be there for families with the help of our local communities.

"So, please, make your extra day count this Leap Year, you’ll be helping us make sure our lifeline care never stops."

People can extend their support by participating in the Birmingham Running Festival, making a direct donation, or creating personal fundraisers, among others.

To work out how you can assist Acorns on this extra day of the Leap Year, visit acorns.org.uk/extraday.