The Queen’s royal guardian of Lancashire has been announced as Patron of Derian House Children’s Hospice.
Lord Shuttleworth, the Lord-Lieutenant of Lancashire, has taken up the prestigious post to help raise awareness of the charity which offers respite and end-of-life care for more than 350 children and young people across the county.
“I have admired the remarkable work of Derian House for years, so I am delighted now to be formally associated with it. It is one of the most inspiring places in Lancashire,” he said.
Lord and Lady Shuttleworth visited Derian House in September. They enjoyed a tour of the hospice and were presented with a special canvas painted by nine-year-old Amelia with the help of the Derian Play Team.
Lord Shuttleworth is joined by queen of the cabaret Kiki DeVille as a second new Patron at the Chorley-based hospice.
Kiki is best-known for her appearance on The Voice UK as a member of Team Will.i.am and also as judge on TV talent show All Together Now.
But at Derian, Kiki is better-known as mum to Dexter. Diagnosed at birth with Zellweger Syndrome, Dexter died at Derian House in October 2007 aged four weeks and three days-old.
“Ever since our little boy Dexter William died in our arms at Derian House Children’s Hospice, all I have ever wanted is to raise awareness and money for this incredible life-affirming place,” said Kiki.
“I am beyond humbled and excited to be a Patron of Derian House. It is literally a dream come true. I have hoped for this moment for 11 years and can barely put into words how it feels.”
The two new Patrons will act as representatives for Derian House, using their platform to help raise awareness of its work and reach a wider audience.
David Robinson, Chief Executive at Derian House, said: “We are honoured to welcome Lord Shuttleworth and Kiki DeVille and can’t wait to work with them on some of the exciting projects we have coming up.
“Kiki has close ties with Derian and her connection and passion for what we do makes her patronage so very special.
“Lord Shuttleworth has been connected to Derian for a number of years and we are proud he has agreed to join us as Patron. His association will add huge value and strength to the message we communicate about the importance of children’s palliative care.”