Bright idea will help boost hospice funds

By Tim Clarke 24/04 Updated: 25/04 14:14

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A SOLAR energy company has brought a little ray of sunshine to a children's hospice in Worcester by helping it to generate its own electricity.

A special party was held at Acorns for the Three Counties to celebrate the installation of solar panels on the roof of the Bath Road hospice.

The panels have been fitted free of charge by Solar Solutions Malvern who have also donated the Feed in Tariff income which will be generated from them to the hospice.

The gift is expected to be worth £40,000 to the hospice over the next 25 years, helping it to reduce its fuel bills and carbon footprint.

David McCann, director at Solar Solutions Malvern, said: “One reason for setting up our company was so that we could put something back into the community. We invest about 20 per cent of our profits in local good causes and we think Acorns Children’s Hospice is very deserving of our support.

Mr McCann insisted installing solar panels was still a very good investment despite the recent reduction in the Feed in Tariff. Peter Morris, head of care at the hospice, said: “Fuel bills are a major cost for us so something that enables us to cut them is a fantastic gift that will make a real long term difference."

Acorns Children’s Hospice provides care and support for more than 600 children and their families.

It costs more than £8m a year to run its services and the charity relies on voluntary donations for the majority of its income.

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