THE FORMER top boss at a children’s hospice spoke of his ‘total honour’ at leading the charity after bowing out after six years of dedicated service.
Toby Porter had been the chief executive of Acorns Children’s Hospice since 2016 and is now taking up a role as chief executive of national charity Hospice UK, supporting the work of the country’s entire network of adult and children’s hospices.
Acorns, a charity which cares for hundreds of children and families across the West Midlands every year, has announced Matt Bullock as the interim chief executive until the arrival of a permanent top boss.
Toby said: “It has been a total honour and privilege to lead Acorns and the wonderful people working and volunteering here.
“This charity continues to work alongside some of the most vulnerable young members of our community through some of the most challenging times we have experienced in recent memory.
“It is a charity that is rightly loved across the West Midlands and Gloucestershire, and as our region faces fresh challenges and a winter of uncertainty, will be there providing the vital love, care and support local families need.”
During his time he saw a period of financial uncertainty in 2019 culminating in a successful fundraising appeal to save the charity’s Black Country Hospice.
Six months later, Acorns quickly adapted its children’s hospice service at the onset of Covid.