Hospice staff line street to pay respects to the late Cecil
Acorns Children’s Hospice staff lined Bath Road in tribute to the late Cecil Duckworth.
During its commemorative tour of Worcester, Mr Duckworth’s funeral procession started its journey by driving past the hospice he helped to establish in 2005, before moving on to the Worcester Bosch Factory, New Road Cricket Ground and Sixways Stadium.
A crowd of Acorns staff, nurses and volunteers paid their respects as the procession moved along the road, alongside a banner which read: “Thank you Cecil Duckworth CBE, from your Acorns family. Your vision and generosity made this Worcester children’s hospice possible.”
Among those paying tribute was Acorns chief executive, Toby Porter. He said: “This has been a very poignant day but also a celebration of a truly great person.
“It was a tremendous privilege for us to be able to pay our respects in this special way and was a reflection of how much Cecil’s phenomenal vision and generosity means to Acorns.”
After hearing about Acorns through a family friend, Mr Duckworth saw a need in the local area and helped establish Acorns Children’s Hospice for children with life-limiting conditions in Bath Road in 2005.
The hospice now serves children and families from across Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Gloucestershire.
Mr Porter added: “I don’t think there have been many individuals who have done more for the city of Worcester than Cecil Duckworth.
“Thanks to him, Acorns is able to provide the children’s hospice care that so many families across the region need, every single year.
“Cecil was a wonderful friend to all of us.
“To work with him on a personal basis was a privilege and everybody at Acorns is tremendously grateful for everything he’s done.”