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Will you help celebrate our special nurses?

A CAMPAIGN to celebrate the dedication of nurses caring for children with life-limiting conditions, has been launched in time for International Nurses’ Day (12 May).

Derian House Children’s Hospice has today kick-started its Sponsor a Nurse for a Day campaign to raise vital funds and give its nurses a much-deserved thank you.

The project invites donors to pledge, raise, or donate £150 for the charity – to sponsor one of its 52-strong team of care staff for the day.

Kathryn Norris, a specialist end-of-life nurse who works in Derian’s hospice at home team, said: “People often ask how I can look after dying children. Well, I am at peace with the idea that I cannot fix or cure every child, as much as I may like to, but what I can do is offer support, comfort and reassurance, and instill a sense of calm for a family in a world that feels like it is falling apart. Looking after someone at end of life is a huge honour and privilege.”

The Chorley-based hospice offers respite and end-of-life-care to more than 400 children and young people, as well as their families.

It costs more than £4 million to run services every year, and yet less than 10 per cent of this comes from government funding. For the rest, the charity relies on the generous support of its donors.

The Sponsor a Nurse for a Day campaign aims to raise £25,000 for the charity. If every single day of the year was to be sponsored, the figure would come in at an impressive £54,750.

People are being invited to pick a special date they would like to sponsor a nurse on – whether in memory of a loved-one, or as a birthday present to a friend.

Schools, businesses and community groups are also invited to take part, to join together for a fundraising challenge.

Kevin Bedford, Fundraising Manager at Derian House Children’s Hospice, said: “It takes a special person to be a Derian nurse. It’s not just the children we care for, we also put our arms around the whole family – including siblings, parents and grandparents too.

“The breadth of skills our nurses use in an average day at Derian is awe-inspiring. They might be caring for a child at the end of his or her life, and then have to turn their attention to joining in a sing-a-long or an arts and crafts session.

“Our nurses give families the chance to just be families, not nurses or carers. We give them a chance to make the very most of the time they have together. That’s why our Sponsor a Nurse for a Day campaign isn’t just about raising vital funds, it’s also about recognising the wonderful work our nurses at Derian do, day in, day out.”

Visit www.derianhouse.co.uk/sponsoranurse to find out more.

Make a Will Month

Sign-up to Make a Will Month to help your family and Derian House

A bequest to Derian House will ensure its future for many years to come as a continuing haven for those children and their families who need the special care it can offer. Your gift will make certain that Derian House will be there for future generations of children, standing as a lasting reminder of your generosity and concern…

Derian House Children’s Hospice has joined forces with a team of solicitors to offer a free Will writing service, in return for a donation to the charity.

Throughout the month of May, six legal firms throughout the region have agreed to give their time and expertise for free to raise money for the children and young people at Derian House.

People will be able to write or update their Will in return for a suggested donation of £100 for a single Will, or £175 for a joint Will – a substantial saving to the usual cost.

Those taking part will also know their future planning has made a real difference to families across Lancashire and South Cumbria, cared for by the hospice.

A Will is the most important thing you can do to protect your family’s future. Whether you’re moving house, starting a family, getting married, or facing any change in your family’s circumstance, by writing or updating your will you can relax, safe in the knowledge that should the worst happen, your family will be looked after.

A Will is also a way of helping charities such as Derian House, which relies heavily on donations to provide the vital care to children and young people with life-limiting or life-shortening conditions.

Susie Poppitt, Fundraising Consultant at Derian House Children’s Hospice, said: “None of us wants to consider our own mortality, and it’s all too easy to put off making a Will until ‘tomorrow’. But for the sake of those we love, we owe it to them to ensure they are properly provided for under the terms of a Will, and that things are made as easy as possible for them at an emotionally traumatic time.

“A Will doesn’t just cover finances and property, but also legal guardians for your children, funeral arrangements and any donations you’d like to leave to charity. Those participating in Make a Will Month have no obligation to leave a gift to Derian House, but should they do so, they will be helping to ensure the charity can continue to help future generations of children and young people, standing as a lasting reminder of their generosity.

“We’re really grateful to all of the solicitors who have kindly given up their time and expertise for free.”

Please choose your local solicitor from the list below and give them a call to make an appointment, or for more information, please call Susie Poppitt at Derian House on 01257 238072, or email fundraising@derianhouse.co.uk

 

The participating solicitors are as follows:

 

 

 

 

“Marsden Rawsthorn have a large team of expert lawyers who specialise in Wills, Probate, Trusts, Tax and Court of Protection. They have two offices (Fulwood, Preston and Buckshaw Village near Chorley) both conveniently offer parking outside of their offices. They receive consistent positive feedback from clients who praise their down to earth, approachable advice.”

Please speak with Karen or Sharon on the New Business Team who will direct you to a Solicitor on the Wills & Probate Team.

3-4 Faraday Court, Preston PR2 9NB

Westmarch House 42 Eaton Avenue, Chorley PR7 7NA

wills@marsdenrawsthorn.com

www.marsdenrawsthorn.com

01772 799600

Whether you are planning for later life, need help supporting your loved ones, or are recently bereaved, we will give you the right legal help when you need it. Our expertise includes wills, trusts, probate, and legal services for older people. We have experience in dealing with Court of Protection matters for vulnerable adults, children and the elderly, and members of our team are court appointed Deputy’s.

We are members of Solicitors for the Elderly and our teams Dementia Friends.

We deliver a friendly, value for money service. Our lawyers are highly qualified and their specialist knowledge means they can guide you through every step of the sometimes daunting process of making a will.

An initial no obligation consultation enables us to assess your situation and tailor our advice to your circumstances.

Our legal experts have many years of experience in advising on LPAs and the enduring powers of attorney that came before them. We will discuss your particular wishes and family circumstances before advising on the many ways an LPA can help to protect you and your family.

We understand that the process can be daunting, but our friendly team will guide you sympathetically and sensitively through the entire process.

We can provide advice on making or updating a Will, Lasting Powers of Attorney, Trusts, Inheritance and tax planning, Probate and Court of Protection

High Street Chambers, High Street, Chorley PR7 1DU

Please ask for Michelle Fairhurst or Rosemary Johns

01257 236917 or 01257 236907

mlfairhurst@birchallblackburn.co.uk

rxjohns@birchallblackburn.co.uk

4 Hough Lane, Leyland

Please ask for Anna Marie Knipe

01772 427610

amknipe@birchallblackburn.co.uk

 

At Farleys Solicitors, we pride ourselves on our down to earth approach to legal advice. We cut out the legal jargon and go out of our way to make sure our services work for you. Our Private Client team have extensive experience of assisting clients of all ages with the drafting of wills, trusts and estate planning, and appointing Lasting Powers of Attorney. Our team are happy to answer questions throughout the process and will ensure you always understand the implications of everything we do on your behalf.

 

Unit C1, Hurstwood Court,

Duttons Way, Shadsworth,

Blackburn BB1 2QR

&

12-20 Willow Street,

Accrington BB5 1LP

Please ask for Sue Sumner

01254 229800

sue.sumner@farleys.com

 

Breens have been associated with Derian House for a number of years and are delighted to be participating in the Make a Will Month campaign in support of the hospice.

Wills will be prepared by Faye Lowery and Victoria Andersen.  Breens are proud to hold the Law Society’s accreditation for Wills and Inheritance Quality.

PARTICIPATING OFFICES

30 Hoghton Street,

Southport PR9 0PA

&

34 Crosby Road North Waterloo,

Liverpool L22 4QG

Please ask for Debbie Ridehalgh

01704 532890

d.ridehalgh@breensonline.co.uk

www.breensonline.co.uk

 

 

 

 

Wills and Probate Solicitors.

Writing a will can offer complete peace of mind that your wishes are carried out as you want them to be, and can provide a secure future for your loved ones after you are gone, leaving them without worry.

20, St Thomas’s Road, Chorley, PR7 1HU

Please ask for Claire Hamilton

01257 267014

clairehamilton@vslaw.co.uk

www.vincentssolicitors.co.uk

 

 

“McClure Solicitors have been providing well informed advice since the firm was founded in 1853. Today we specialise in asset protection, estate planning and inheritance planning, helping clients across the UK to protect their assets and pass them on efficiently. We began many years ago as a small firm in the West of Scotland but have grown to be a national company with offices throughout the UK. All of our Directors are dual qualified in both English and Scots Law.

Our vast experience means that we are ideally placed to provide the service which you require.

We continually strive to ensure that our service matches each client’s expectations. We have been serving our community since 1853 so we take a long-term view. Our aim is to have every client who joins us to continue to use us in the future and most of them do.”

Hesketh Mount 92-96 Lord Street

Southport PR8 1JR

Please ask for Hayley Bayfield

0800 852 1999

Home visits available

contactus@mcclure-solicitors.co.uk

www.mcclure-solicitors.co.uk

Legacy is inheritance, legacy is your act of gratitude…
…legacy is your ultimate gift to the world

 

Please consider leaving a gift in your Will to Derian House… you’ll be making the most of every moment for children whose moments will be all too few…

Thank You

By-gum! Fiona and Katie paste the London Marathon for a new world record

RECORD-breaking runners Fiona May Beaty and Katie Simpson brushed aside the competition when they smashed the Guinness World Record for running the London Marathon while dressed as a tooth and toothpaste!

The friends raised more than £2,000 for Derian House Children’s Hospice with their off-the-wall challenge, and have attracted the attention of news crews from across the country.

The pair finished in 3 hours 51 minutes and gained the titles: fastest marathon dressed as a tooth (female) and fastest marathon dressed as a toiletry item (female).

They comfortably broke the former world record of 4 hours 15 minutes as a tooth and 4 hours 54 minutes as a toiletry item.

Fiona, a dentist at from Tyneside, said: “It was an amazing experience. All the way round the crowd were shouting: ‘Go toothpaste… and tooth!’

“The costume was incredibly hot – it was like running in a wedding dress – and in the end I was only wearing a bra underneath the outfit. My patients think I’m mad, but they’ve been behind me the whole way.”

The madcap idea came from Katie, a Cleveland Police officer, who wanted to find a way of building some enthusiasm in her children. The youngsters had lost interest after supporting their mum at the last nine London Marathons, and the world record attempt was an incentive to lure them to the capital!

But getting the costumes past Guinness’ strict criteria was no mean feat. Fiona’s tooth outfit was rejected on the first four attempts on the grounds of it not being rigid enough, not long enough, and not anatomically correct.

Finally, the outfits were signed-off and the runners could start a strict training schedule to ensure they could go the distance in the suits.

Derian House is a cause close to Fiona’s heart, as her good friends are supported by the charity.

Caroline Taylor, Communications and Marketing Manager at Derian House Children’s Hospice, said: “We’re over-the-moon that Fiona and Katie chose to support Derian House with this unique – and quite frankly, hilarious – challenge. The money they have raised will make a real difference to children with life-limiting and life-shortening conditions from across the North West and we can’t thank them enough.”

Families flock to Stars & Cars 2019

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Thousands came to meet their heroes – and all for a good cause – at the glittering Stars & Cars event, held today at Bolton Arena.

Soap stars Nikki Sanderson and Nicole Barber-Lane from Hollyoaks, and Sue Cleaver (Eileen Grimshaw from Coronation Street), were joined by the likes of Cold Feet actor John Thompson, Gladiator Saracen and Eggheads Barry Simmons and Pat Gibson, to raise money for Derian House Children’s Hospice.

Out in force were also characters from movie favourites including Star Wars, Predator, Terminator, and even The Stig from Top Gear made an appearance.

Eight-year-old Charlie Carter, who visited the event with dad David, said: “It’s been really good. My favourite thing has been seeing the Batmobile Tumblr. It was awesome.”

The Stars & Cars event also saw families getting up close to their favourite vehicles from the big screen, including the Batmobile, Optimus Prime, Ecto-1 from Ghostbusters, Maverick’s bike from Top Gun, and even Lightning McQueen from Disney’s Cars.

For Game of Thrones fans there was the chance to sit in the iron throne and meet Khaleesi, and live music fans were treated to Queen classics by a Freddie Mercury tribute artist.

World record-holding freestyle footballer and CBBC TV presenter John Farnworth was on hand to wow the crowd with his awesome skills, and Disney princesses posed for photographs with star-struck boys and girls.

Organiser Mick Croskery, Community Fundraiser at Derian House Children’s Hospice, said: “This year’s Stars & Cars event has been the biggest and best yet. It just keeps getting better every year. We’ve had a sell-out crowd and it’s been amazing seeing the children’s faces when they meet their favourite stars.
“Organising the event takes and incredible amount of work from a lot of people and I’d like to thank all of the staff and volunteers who have given up their time to come today to help raise money for the children and young people at Derian House – you’ve done them proud.”
Stars & Cars 2016 and 2017 events raised almost £20,000 for the charity.

Spoil mum at vintage glam Ladies Lunch

TICKETS are now on sale for the annual Derian House Children’s Hospice Ladies Lunch.

Just in time for Mother’s Day, the event is the perfect chance to spoil mum with a delicious three-course meal and a glass of fizz, whilst raising money for local children and young people.

Billed as “fashion, fizz and fabulousness”, the glamorous event will take place on Thursday, 16 May, 2019, at Kilhey Court Hotel in Standish, Wigan.

The vintage-themed do will be compered by Adam Parker Brown and includes boutique stalls, live entertainment and a fashion show from Novello’s of Preston, for just £40 a ticket.

And like all good parties, every guest will leave with a goodie bag packed with L’Oreal make-up and skincare, Melt candles and hair products from Jo and Cass.

Guests will get the chance to bid on star prizes in the charity auction, including a burlesque day with cabaret queen Kiki DeVille, a Porsche for a weekend, and training sessions with world champion boxer Jack Catterall.

Entertainment will be provided by Tipitina, delivering red hot and rocking music from New Orleans.

Miriam Payne, Events and Promotions Manager at Derian House Children’s Hospice, said: “The Ladies Lunch has always been a great day out and this year is no different. With a new venue, great entertainment and fantastic prizes in our grand raffle, this is the perfect excuse to get together with your girlfriends and have some fun, knowing that you’re making a difference to the lives of Lancashire children and young people.”

Reception drinks are from 11am, with lunch served at 12.30pm. Dress code is smart – so guests are invited to dress to impress!

Now in its 11th year, the Ladies Lunch is the perfect opportunity to get glammed up for a day to remember, all in aid of Derian House.

The hospice provides respite and end-of-life care to 350 children and young people from across the North West, and needs to raise £4million every year to continue.

For tickets, please call 01257 271271 or visit www.derianhouse.co.uk/ladies-lunch.

Major makeover for children’s hospice

WORK has begun on a £1.2 million refurbishment of Derian House Children’s Hospice.

The charity, which cares for more than 400 children, young people and their families from across the North West, will be installing cutting-edge technology to keep up with the changing needs of its users, as part of the major project.

The “Fit for the Future” scheme will see communal areas opened up to be lighter, brighter and more flexible.

A brand new accessible family cinema will be built, able to cater for people in wheelchairs or medical beds, and will show all the latest blockbusters and even serve hotdogs and popcorn.

The sensory room – a therapeutic space with special lighting and music much-loved by children with limited communication skills – will be made more than three times bigger, and the young adult’s part of the hospice (known as The Lodge) will be given a cool new look.

A brand new Sunflower Suite, specially designed for babies to lay at rest before their funeral, will be created, with an adjoining lounge to allow families to spend as much time as they need to saying goodbye.

David Robinson, Chief Executive of Derian House Children’s Hospice, said: “Our Fit for the Future project is all about creating better spaces to meet the ever-changing needs of our children and young people.

“The hospice was built 25 years ago, and at the time was at the forefront of the sector. Now, due to advances in medicine and technology, some of our youngsters with complex conditions are able to live longer, which means they can require a higher level of support and care and our building needs to reflect this.

“We’re going to remove corridors and make it much lighter and brighter, much more fun! The staff, children and young people are really excited, and so am I. It’s going to really put us on the map and be a huge stepping stone in our goal to be the UK’s leading hospice for children.

“We’ve got everyone involved, and will be asking all the staff and our families what changes they want to see.”

The hospice will stay open during the works, but run at a lower occupancy.

The open space will be split into zones: including special areas for sleep, play, relaxation and reflection.

The project has been partly funded by generous donations from corporate and individual sponsors, and the charity is looking for more companies to sponsor a zone.

Work began this week and will run for a total of 26 weeks, with a grand re-opening planned for September, 2019.

David’s dream kitchen

ONE person for whom the refurb cannot come quickly enough is service user David Grundy.

24-year-old David made it his mission to get his dream kitchen to bake bread in, and even personally issued Chief Exec David with his wish list!

David’s suggestions for improvements, which Chief Exec David Robinson has kept pinned to a corkboard in his office for inspiration, include: “Doors – too much faffing about to get through” and “Kitchen – bread maker, hand-held blender for soup-making and plates with lips.”

David Robinson, Chief Executive, said: “I made David a promise that we’ll deliver the improvements he’s asked for and I intend to stick to it. I’ve already told him that we’ll strap a GoPro camera onto the builder’s hard hat and film the demolition of the current kitchen and send him the video! And when the new kitchen in The Lodge is finished, we’ll let David cut the ribbon to officially declare it open.”

Val Grundy, David’s mum, said: “David cooks as part of his college course and he loves it.  His nickname at home is even ‘Chef Grundy’. For him to be able to get into the kitchen at Derian and be more independent will be brilliant.”

Derian at the Movies

FAMILIES who have never been able to visit the cinema together will be able to book their own private movie night, complete with popcorn and hotdogs, following the refurbishment.

The accessible cinema room has been donated by Together for Cinema. The charity was founded in 2009 by Ian Morrish and aims to donate and install 25 cinema rooms in children’s hospices across the UK by 2020 – and Derian is number 22 on its list!

When it’s not showing the latest blockbuster movies, the cinema room can be used by the teenagers and young adults to play video games on a huge screen, or for families to use as a play space.

Hannah’s doodles create impressive wall art

AN interactive work of art will adorn the main wall of the new children’s bedroom corridor, in the Derian House refurbishment.

Local artist Hannah Beech, of Hannah’s Doodles, will create a huge living tree mural covering the 25-metre corridor and spilling onto the floor.

As children and their families stay at Derian, they will create the tree’s leaves using handprints and footprints, in the seasonal colours.

At the end of each season, the mural will be photographed and shared with those who took part, before the paint is wiped away, ready to start a new season.

Quarter of a million pounds raised for children’s hospice at sparkling ball

Generous supporters raised more than £250,000 for charity at a glittering fundraising extravaganza this weekend.

People from across the North West turned out in force to attend the prestigious Red Sea Pedestrians’ 11th annual Spring Ball, this year in aid of Derian House Children’s Hospice.

A packed and exciting evening took place with entertainment provided by TLC as well as an auction, containing a whole host of prizes including incredible donations made by local artist Jai Sol, a new Fiat 500 plus three elephants painted by local artists especially for the ball.

Highlights of the night included the “stand for a grand” section of the auction, in which generous donors stood up to pledge an amazing total of £61,000 for “Tallulah”, a 6ft elephant sculpture decorated by the children at Derian House. Tallulah will now be donated back to Derian where she will take pride of place in the hospice building.

The black tie event hoped to raise enough money to pay for a holiday lodge that the charity would use to give its families a free week’s holiday at Ribby Hall Holiday Village in Wrea Green. The grand total, coming in at more than twice its target, will now also go towards a full cutting-edge refurbishment of the hospice building.

“I’m overwhelmed by the generosity shown by the attendees once again,” said Antony Wagman, chair of trustees at Red Sea Pedestrians.

“Each year, we look to support a different charity at our ball, when it was discussed about Derian House, I honestly couldn’t think of a more worthy cause.

“The charity serves children and young people of the North West providing vital care whilst creating unforgettable memories. It’s a tremendous charity and one I am proud we could assist.”

Red Sea Pedestrians is a Manchester-based charity which raises valuable funds for organisations throughout the region. This year is its 11th anniversary and already, the charity has donated a further £100,000 towards other charities from across the North West.

Trustees of Red Sea Pedestrians like to choose charities who they know will be close to everybody’s heart and whose need for support is the greatest.

David Robinson, Chief Executive of Derian House Children’s Hospice, said: “We are truly overwhelmed with the amount raised at the event. The night itself was a huge success, with everyone dancing and having a fabulous time.

“On behalf of our children, young people and their families, I’d like to say a huge thank you to the Red Sea Pedestrians who worked tirelessly to pull off this magnificent event, and of course to every single person who helped raise this wonderful amount. Thank you to you all, you have made a real difference.”

To find out more about the charity, visit https://www.redseapedestrians.org/.

Little Ava’s big fundraiser for Derian House

LITTLE Ava Sutcliffe may only be five-years-old, but her fundraising efforts for her local children’s charity are huge!

The Beech Hill pupil ran the Family Mile race at this weekend’s Wigan 5k and raised £440 for Derian House Children’s Hospice.

Not only did she run the whole way round, she also achieved her personal best time of 12 minutes 13 seconds.

Dad Rob Sutcliffe, 42, said: “We’re very proud of Ava. She did brilliant and loved every minute of it.

“The idea to run for Derian House came after we visited their Winter Sparkle event last year. Ava decided she wanted to run with me and said she wanted to do it to raise money for

poorly children.”

Rob ran the 5k section of the race, then joined Ava for the mile-long family race.

He added: “Derian House is a charity that’s always stuck with me as I know that, although hopefully we will never need Derian’s services, it’s good to know it’s there if we ever did.

Ava started a Just Giving page with a goal of raising £75, which she smashed after proving to be a social media sensation with her adorable training videos.

You can still show your support to the pint-sized athlete by sponsoring her here: https://tinyurl.com/y5lvmpav

MP to run London Marathon for Derian House

Chris Green MP has announced that he will be running this year’s Rivington Pike Half Marathon and the London Marathon in aid of Derian House Children’s Hospice.

This will be the third time that the MP has run the London Marathon, having raised over £1,000 for Fortalice last year.

Mr Green said: “During my recent visit to Derian House, I heard about the round-the-clock care the staff provide, ensuring every child and young person who requires their support makes the most of the time that they have.

“I’m pleased to announce that I will be running this year’s London Marathon in aid of Derian House Children’s Hospice, to help support the invaluable services that they provide for children and families across the North West.

“Every penny raised will really make a difference to Derian House’s work, so please do sponsor me if you can by visiting my fundraising page.”

Last year, the Bolton West and Atherton MP raised his concerns about the unfair difference in funding between adult’s and children’s hospices across England in the House of Commons.

Adult’s hospices receive 30 per cent of their funding from the NHS centrally and Clinical Commissioning Groups whereas children’s hospices receive much lower, receiving just 15 per cent of their funding from the NHS on average.

On welcoming the MP’s announcement, Caroline Taylor, Communications and Marketing Manager for Derian House said: “Our aim is to make sure that we help our young people and their

families to make precious memories, in an environment of fun, respect and high quality care.

“We’re thrilled Chris Green has chosen to raise money for us. His support will make a real difference to our children. We wish him the best of luck and will all be cheering him on all

the way!”

You can make a donation by visiting – https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ChrisGreenMP.

The Rivington Pike Half Marathon is taking place on 24th March and the London Marathon on the 28th April.

Holiday lodge gives families chance to make memories

A BRAND new holiday lodge giving families of children with life-limiting conditions a chance to make precious memories, has been officially opened.

Derian House Children’s Hospice bought the lodge at Ribby Hall Holiday Village, in Wrea Green, to treat the families it cares for to valuable time together.

The lodge is the second plot on the holiday village owned by Derian, and means that almost 1,000 people a year can now benefit from a free week’s stay.

The Taleb family were the first to stay in the new lodge. For families like theirs, it is a lifeline.

Mum Jo Taleb, whose teenage daughter has a life-limiting illness which means she needs round-the-clock care, said: “Going on holiday is something everyone takes for granted until you’re in our position and you can’t do it. We need a hoist, a shower chair, a wet room, everything.

“Every night, we don’t know if we’re saying goodbye or goodnight. Derian is giving people the opportunity to live your life as a family and not sitting waiting for your child to die. For us to get time to just be ourselves and do our own thing is brilliant.”

The innovative “Derian on Holiday” project was the brainchild of Derian House Chief Executive David Robinson, who wanted to give families every opportunity to create cherished memories.

He said: “Many of our families simply couldn’t have a holiday before now because there was nowhere that catered for their needs. When they arrive they’re overwhelmed. We see tears and laughter and it’s actually overwhelming for us all too.

“We don’t know of any other hospices in the UK that can offer this service, and it’s only down to the generous donations of our supporters that we can do so.”

On Monday afternoon, the ribbon was cut to officially open the new lodge, with Derian on Holiday ambassador and Bolton Wanderers footballer Jason Lowe, on hand to help.

He said: “Holidays are where a lot of good memories are made. It’s where pictures are taken and you can look back on them and remember happy times. I’m sure these holiday lodges will benefit families for many years to come.”

Running costs of the new lodge have been funded for the first six months by Thomas Cook.

Gina Robertson, manager of Thomas Cook Leyland branch, said: “Children need a holiday and they get a lot from it. It’s important for development and Derian children shouldn’t miss out. We’re so happy to have been able to help.”

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