Adults and children receiving the vital support of two well-loved hospices are set to benefit thanks to generous donations of £36,000 to each from a local builders’ merchants.

Tippers, a family-run firm whose head office is based in Lichfield with branches in Uttoxeter, Tamworth, Rugeley, Nuneaton, Kidderminster, Hay Mills, Wolverhampton, Huthwaite, Ashbourne and Stoke on Trent, funds vital services for both St Giles Hospice and Acorns Children’s Hospice.

Tippers generously volunteered to fund a respite nurse for St Giles Hospice and have provided longstanding support to Acorns, including over the past year to Acorns in the Black Country, based in Walsall, to provide funding equivalent to a specialist staff nurse.

Standing (back from left) Toby Porter, Acorns Chief Executive; Andrew Tipper, Managing Director, Tippers; Katie Taroni, Director of Nursing, St Giles Hospice. Seated (front from left) Amy Tipper, Director, Tippers; Sarah Riches, Deputy CEO, St Giles Hospice.

The Tippers Respite Nurse at St Giles, Angie Fawdon, provides practical help for patients who are in the last twelve months of life.

Katie Taroni, Clinical Director at St Giles Hospice, said: “It can be really hard for families to manage simple things like shopping when a loved one is ill, because they can’t leave them alone.

“The respite nurse is there to step in and help, in their own home, so carers can have a break and some time to themselves while knowing that their family member is in safe hands.

“We are so grateful to Tippers for their ongoing support as their generosity means we can help more families at one of the toughest times of their lives.”

The service was developed following consultation with local GPs and district nurses, to help reduce carer fatigue and to help patients stay in their own homes, rather than going into residential respite care and it complements the St Giles Hospice at Home service, which supports patients in the last weeks of life.

Acorns Children’s Hospice provides vital care and support for families with life limited or life threatened children across the Black Country and the wider West Midlands.

The charity relies on donations and fundraising to continue and has received generous support from Tippers for a number of years from donations and through other areas of support such as events sponsorship.

Toby Porter, Acorns Chief Executive, said: “We cannot be more grateful for the wonderfully generous support we’ve received from the brilliant team at Tippers. The money they raise goes directly towards all the care, love and support our families need, as we help make every moment count for those whom the future can seem very uncertain.

“From the very beginning of our partnership with Tippers, I have been struck by how deeply the have understood the impact of Acorns and our care, and the pressing need there is for our service to continue for all the local families who need it.

“Support from organisations like Tippers for local charities like Acorns and our fantastic hospice-sector colleagues at St Giles is incredibly important. It’s an honour to continue our longstanding work together.”

Managing Director of Tippers, Andrew Tipper, said that the company had a long history of working with St Giles and Acorns and that the business was delighted to continue supporting such important work.

“As a local, family-run company we know that many of our staff, customers and contacts have been supported by St Giles and Acorns in the past and we know just how much of an impact both organisations have in helping people living in the local community when they need it most,” added Andrew.

“The Tippers team work hard all year round raising funds for these two wonderful hospices and we are very proud, as a local business, to be able to support them.”

The hospices added that local corporate supporters made a huge difference by helping to raise awareness among staff and members of the public as well as raising vital money to fund their work.

Katie added “As hospices we spend millions each year providing our specialist services and, as only a third of this is funded by the Government, the help that St Giles and Acorns both receive from generous corporate donors like Tippers is so important and we would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the Tippers family, their staff and customers for their wonderful generosity.”