“Everyone at Acorns Children’s Hospice is deeply grateful for this announcement of support from central Government for the charitable sector, and the significant contribution promised specifically towards the country’s hospices, in recognition of the vital services we provide.

“The pandemic has greatly reduced our income at Acorns both from fundraising 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.

“Hospices such as Acorns have been facing an impossible situation, with our care needed more than ever because of the nature of this emergency, but seeing our charitable income dropping away so suddenly and so sharply. Warnings over the past month about the risk to services provided by charities and to the future of the charities themselves were not exaggerated.

“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.”

Toby Porter, Acorns Chief Executive