COMING SOON: Derian House Lottery

Could you be a winner on the Derian House Lottery?

Coming soon is our very own lottery, set to giveaway up to £25,000 every week.

For just £1 a week, each player is allocated a six-digit lottery number. Every Friday the lucky winners will be selected at random and prize cheques issues and posted directly out, so there’s no way players can miss out on their prize.

The regular donation made by our lottery players will help us to continue to care for more than 400 children and young people from across the North West every year. Every penny raised will help us to care for children and their families into the future, whilst also giving you chance to win a cash prize.

Players must be over 16 to enter. Stay tuned for more details on how to play the Derian House Lottery.

Celebs and business leaders in shock arrests!

Business leaders and celebs from across the region are to be thrown behind bars – can you help bail them out?

They will be joined in the clink by a group of celebrity cellmates for one of Derian’s most fun money-raising challenges of the year!

The 18 individuals will been locked up for a range of dastardly crimes including impersonating Bradley Walsh, uncontrollable snacking, and excessive fabulousness.

Their only hope of release is to raise £999 bail money for Derian House.

Lancashire Police will be making arrests and the gruesome gang will then be held in cells at Leyland’s former Victorian courthouse, La Corte Italian restaurant (and we can assure you, there will only be porridge on the menu for these inmates – certainly no garlic bread!).

The criminals will have only their laptops, phones and nous to help them out and our celebrity judge will be on hand to dole out the punishments as the day goes on.

Bail Me Out is taking place on Friday, 5 July, 2019.



  • Rosie Dummer from Extreme Cake Makers, of Clitheroe, arrested for “baking under the influence”
  • Burlesque cabaret queen (and Derian House Patron) Kiki DeVille, of Earby, arrested for “excessive fabulousness”
  • TV Drag queen and singing sensation Divina de Campo, of West Yorkshire, for “crimes of fashion”


  • Andy Clarke, from The Sports Office, Wigan, (and Derian House ambassador) arrested for “persecuting the staff”
  • Lee Morgan, of Thermatic, Salford, arrested for “drunk and disorderly”
  • Kristen Durose, of Red Star Wealth, Blackpool, for “crimes of passion”
  • Daniel Maddox, of Evolve Document Solutions, Leyland, for “murder on the dancefloor”
  • James Mattison, of Permicoat, Preston, for “crimes against our competition”
  • Jane Campbell and Evie Skentelbery, of Fresh Perspective Resourcing, Chorley, for “indecent exposure at a networking event”
  • Graham Ritchie, of Kluio Ltd, Preston, for “crimes against fashion”
  • Lachlan McLean, of Forbes Solicitors, Chorley for “excessive dithering (contrary to Section 5 of the Dilatory Husbands Act 1982)
  • Katie Shepherd, of Fulfilment Crowd, Chorley, for “uncontrollable snacking”
  • Chris Mahady, of Findel Education, Hyde, Cheshire, for “driving in bus lanes”
  • Mark Whittaker, of Findel Education, Hyde, Cheshire, for “”impersonating Bradley Walsh”
  • John Hesketh, Regional Manager of NatWest Premier Banking, for “shampoo acquisition from hotels”
  • Sharon Benson, of Studio, Clayton-le-Moors, for “continued parking offences”
  • Ian McWhirter, of Studio, Clayton-le-Moors, for “bad line plans”

Check out our launch video in which our “bounty hunter” Wigan Warriors rugby player Dan “Sarge” Sarginson puts out a call for our criminals:

Brave grandad shaken not stirred in epic challenge for children’s hospice

A Lancashire grandad is recreating one of the most famous movie stunts ever performed by James Bond to raise money for Derian House – and it’s so scary he needs a letter from his doctor to do it!

Adventurous Malcolm Graham, 72, of Warrington, is throwing himself off the Verzasca Dam in Switzerland – made famous when 007 did the jump himself in the opening scene of GoldenEye.

The brave businessman, who has run Brick Store in Wigan for nearly 30 years, said he’s not nervous about the epic challenge, describing it as: “Seven seconds of fun… if it’s eight you know you’re in trouble!”

The daring feat, taking place on July 12, aims to raise £20,000 for Derian House – Lancashire’s children’s hospice. And plucky Malcolm has already raised £15,000 towards his target.

“I was first drawn to the idea after hearing about the excellent work Derian does at a charity golf day organised by our suppliers Ibstock Brick Ltd,” said adventurous Mal.

“I thought if I’m going to do something I might as well do it properly and I that’s why I picked Verzasca Dam as it’s one of the best stunts ever. The James Bond angle gave it some more interest, but of course Pierce Brosnan had a stuntman!

“Because I’m over 65 they wouldn’t let me do it without written permission from a doctor who put me through my paces, measuring my weight and blood pressure.”

Malcolm claims he isn’t an adrenalin junkie, with his only other jaunt into the world of extreme sports being a bungee jump over a pub car park 10 years ago.

But he isn’t letting that put him off, and can’t wait to take on the 700ft jump (more than one-and-a-half times the height of Blackpool Tower).

Malcolm’s wife Ange will take the trip to Switzerland to support him and the pair will enjoy a four-day break afterwards to recover.

Kevin Bedford, Fundraising Manager at Derian House, said: “Our fantastic supporters do some weird and wonderful things to raise money for our children here at Derian House, but I have to say this is a first! We can’t wait to hear how Malcolm gets on with this awe-inspiring challenge and we sincerely thank him for making a real difference to the lives of our families.”

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Derian House Children’s Hospice joins national campaign to change public perceptions of hospice care

Derian House Children’s Hospice is joining national charity Together for Short Lives to combat a lack of awareness revealed by a YouGov survey.

The survey, conducted on behalf of Together for Short Lives for its Children’s Hospice Week (17-23 June) campaign, found that 20 per cent of the Great British public do not know what children’s hospices are.

Children’s Hospice Week’s ambition is to raise awareness of what children’s hospices mean to seriously ill children and families, to celebrate the lifeline care they provide and show how they support families to make precious memories. It is hoped that by changing perceptions around children’s hospices more families caring for seriously ill children seek help from their local hospice.

Derian House Children’s Hospice is a charity offering a range of support for families looking after a child or young person with a life-limiting or life-threatening condition. The support provided includes specialist playgroups, art and music therapy, community and respite care, end of life care and support through bereavement. Importantly, the care involves the child or young person’s whole family, lasting as long as they need.

The charity helps more than 400 families from across Lancashire. Families like three-year-old Bobby Baldwin’s, who recently enjoyed a free week’s break in one of the charity’s holiday lodges at Ribby Hall.

Bobby suffers from a terminal heart condition and has to spend much of the winter indoors to prevent him from coming into contact with potentially fatal viruses.

Mum Emma Doherty, from Wigan, said: “We don’t know how long we’ve got with Bobby and something like this was a massive deal for us. It was a chance to have a good time and forget about reality for a little while. Seeing him happy and doing all the things he wants to do was great. There’s no words for what making these memories meant to us.”

Children’s Hospice Week (17-23 June) is run annually by children’s charity Together for Short Lives, and is the UK’s only awareness and fundraising week benefiting children’s hospices and the families they support. The aim of the week is to bring all 54 UK children’s hospices together to raise awareness of the support they provide and to dispel myths and misconceptions about children’s hospice care. This year, the campaign’s theme is Moments that matter, drawing attention to the role hospices play in helping families make special memories together.

It costs more than £4 million a year to run the services at Derian House Children’s Hospice, and yet the charity receives less than 10 per cent of this from government sources. To make a donation visit or call the fundraising team on 01257 271271. Follow the charity on Facebook @derianhouse, Twitter @derianhouse or Instagram @derianhousechildrenshospice.

Derian House founder passes away, aged 80

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Margaret Vinten MBE, Derian House founder and Honorary President.

Miss V – as she was affectionately known by many at Derian – was a pioneer.

The founder of one of the country’s first children’s hospices, she was a highly respected member of the community, a remarkable woman and a good friend to many.

Miss Vinten was the inspiration behind Derian House. After being approached in 1991 by the Haydock family, who wanted to open a children’s hospice in Lancashire, Miss Vinten became the driving force behind the campaign. Through her unstinting efforts to motivate the community, she recruited a team of trustees, of which she was chair, found a perfect plot of land, and raised the funds to make the Haydock family’s dream a reality.

In October 1993 Derian House Children’s Hospice was officially opened by the Duchess of Norfolk, and welcomed its first child.

Although Miss Vinten stepped down as chairperson of Derian House in 2011, after 20 years of service, she continued to take an active interest in the hospice as Honorary President, right to the end.

In 2012 she was recognised in the Queen’s New Year’s Honour’s list, receiving an MBE in recognition of her years of devoted service to Derian House.

Derian’s newest building is named Vinten Place, in honour of her remarkable contribution.

David Robinson, Chief Executive of Derian House Children’s Hospice, said: “In Derian House, Miss Vinten has left a remarkable legacy. Her spirit of dedication, passion and drive to make a difference to the children and young people of Lancashire will live on. We will always remember her here.”

Month: June 2019