Acorns Children’s Hospice will today announce the appointment of East End Foods Plc Director and Company Secretary, Dr Jason Wouhra OBE as a Patron for the charity.
Dr Wouhra will take up the official role at Acorns, which this year marks its 30th anniversary providing vital care for life limited and life threatened children and support for their families across the West Midlands.
Commenting on the appointment, Toby Porter, Chief Executive of Acorns, said:
“We are absolutely thrilled that Jason has agreed to become an Acorns Patron in this, our 30th anniversary year.
“Jason is recognised and respected across our region not just for his business skills, but also as an extremely important advocate for many of the things that we value most deeply at Acorns – the highest standards in health care, compassion, inclusion, and strategic partnerships between business, statutory providers such as the NHS, and charities.
“The engagement and support of Jason and his wife Daali will be a huge help in raising awareness across Birmingham and the West Midlands for the care provided by Acorns to the children and families that is our privilege to serve”.
Established in 1988, Acorns first hospice, based in Selly Oak, Birmingham was officially opened by HRH the Princess of Wales. In the past year the charity has cared for over 870 children and supported more than 1,090 families, including those who are bereaved.
Dr Jason Wouhra OBE said:
“I am delighted to become a Patron of Acorns, a charity I have admired for many years. I had been very impressed and also very moved during an earlier visit I had made to Acorns in the Black Country based in Walsall.
“My recent visit to their Birmingham hospice in Selly Oak earlier this month confirmed to me the quality of their care and the dedication of their staff and volunteers. This is a very special local charity, helping children and families from across our diverse West Midlands community, all of whom are facing the toughest imaginable challenges. I think Acorns deserves all of our support.”
Acorns provides a network of specialist care and support to children and support for their families, both within the hospice and in family homes.
It costs the charity nearly £10 million every year to provide its services and it relies on fundraising for the bulk of this amount.
For more information about Acorns, please visit www.acorns.org.uk