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Acorns Day: Guzan in awe after guided tour of Walsall hospice
Brad Guzan special visit to Acorns.
9th Mar 2012

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Brad Guzan saw first-hand the fantastic work of Acorns as he took a guided tour of the Walsall hospice this week.

Guzan, Villa's dependable goalkeeper, got to meet the dependable staff who provide awesome care to the children in the Black Country home-from-home.

That included Jamie Nichol, the hospice's community team manager, who accompanied Guzan around.

The giant USA stopper had the opportunity to tour the fantastic facility, which was opened in June 1999.

The hospice has ten bedrooms, a family care suite and three bedrooms for families and friends to stay, also.

Guzan got to see these facilities as well as others like the activity and jacuzzi rooms.

Families are catered for within the family care suite - ground floor accommodation that has its own shower and kitchen facilities with an adjoining bedroom for the child who is staying at the hospice.

The hospice has a separate adolescent unit which has self-contained lounge/television rooms with dining facilities.

Electronic doors and specialist equipment give the adolescents independence and control over their environment.

There is a multi-sensory room with all the latest interactive equipment.

Outside the hospice building there are landscaped gardens which provide ample space for play and activities along with a peaceful memorial garden where families can spend time reflecting and remembering a child they have lost.

Guzan got the chance to see all of this and was bowled over by the terrific tour - and the snapshot of the wondrous work done by the brilliant charity.

Guzan said: "People would expect it to be fairly sombre but it's anything but, trust me.

"The facilities are brilliant and the staff are tremendous.

"The activities, love, toys make all the difference. The work of the hospice deserves a ton of credit - it's truly amazing."

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