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.”