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Ellie is 14 years old and lives with her mum and sister.  She has a rare form of muscular dystrophy. This means her muscles get weaker as she gets older and her spine is badly twisted. Getting about is hard because she can’t move like other people her age, so she uses hoists and an electric wheelchair. 

When Ellie was younger she spent a lot of her time on her own, drawing or lying in bed, unable to join her friends who were going to the park. But at aged 11, she started to attend Acorns Children’s Hospice 

 The charity provided activities organised to suit young people like Ellie to broaden their knowledge, improve their self-confidence and learn the skills to live rewarding, adult lives. 

‘Since being at Acorns Ellie’s confidence has grown, she goes out independently and has people to talk to and hang out with.’ Ellie’s Mum 

The Foundation’s £5,000 grant has supported 169 young people aged 10 – 18 years, whose care needs outweigh their aspirations for independence. Acorns work with parents and carers to ensure that, as their children become adults, they are given the proper guidance, support and information.


In 2018 QBE provided 80 grants to charities. Your charity could benefit financially from our support too. So please visit our QBE Foundation page and put in a grant application.