Derian House Children’s Hospice finalists in 2019 JustGiving Awards

Derian House Children’s Hospice has beaten thousands of nominees to be named a finalist in the 2019 JustGiving Charity of the Year Awards.

The charity, based in Chorley, Lancashire, provides respite and end-of-life care for more than 400 children across the North West of England, as well as their familes.

When families come to Derian House, the staff take away the medical side of the care, giving them chance to spend quality time together making lasting memories.

Despite the nature of the work it does, Derian House is not a sad place; its corridors are filled with laughter, as children make the most of facilities including a hydrotherapy pool, inclusive playground where children who use wheelchairs can play with their siblings, and music therapy.

The hospice is currently undergoing a major refurbishment, and from autumn 2019 families will also be able to use a brand new cinema, huge sensory room, messy play area and state-of-the-art technology.

When a child is seriously ill it affects the whole family. Derian House provides help to parents, grandparents and siblings too, with support groups, day trips and even complementary therapy to give them a much-needed rest.  When the time comes, Derian House offers bereavement support and counselling sessions for as long as they are needed.

The charity, which celebrated its 25th anniversary last year, needs more than £4 million every year to keep its doors open. Less than 10 per cent of this comes from government funding. For the remaining 90 per cent it relies on the generosity of its supporters.

David Robinson, Chief Executive at Derian House Children’s Hospice, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have been named finalists in the JustGiving Charity of the Year Awards.

“At Derian House, it is our mission to help children and young people, whose lives are too short, to make happy memories in an environment of fun, respect and high quality care.

“I would urge everybody to vote for us. To win this award would help us tell more people about the great work we do, and enable us to make a real difference to our children and their families.”

To vote for Derian House to win JustGiving Charity of the Year Award please visit:

Voting closes at midnight on Sunday 15th September. To fundraise or donate to the charity please visit their JustGiving page at

Walk the Bay with Derian House

Families and businesses are being asked to put their best foot forward and take part in a walk across Morecambe Bay to raise funds for Derian House Children’s Hospice.

The Morecambe Bay Walk 2019 will be led by the Queen’s new official Guide to the Sands, Michael Wilson, and this year’s event looks set to be the biggest and best yet.

The walk takes place on Saturday, August 10th. Setting off promptly at 1:30pm from the picturesque village of Arnside, this eight-mile walk to Kents Bank Station takes between three and four hours. Anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Miriam Payne, Events and Promotions Manager at Derian House, said: “This will be our 24th year of running this iconic fundraising event and this year we have almost doubled the number of spaces available for walkers.

“The Morecambe Bay Walk is always one of the most popular events in our fundraising calendar, and I think that’s because it appeals to the whole family, with children and well-behaved dogs on leads welcome to join in.

“It’s a sponsored walk like no other; people should be prepared to get wet as we’ll be wading through water as we cross the River Kent and on soft wet sand for the majority of the route. As well as being a fab day out, walkers will also be raising money for a wonderful cause, supporting the children and young people at Derian House.”

This year’s walk has the added benefit of coinciding with the Blackpool Air Show, so walkers could be treated to front row seats when some of the world’s finest military and civilian aircraft perform fantastic feats of aerial entertainment whilst they are crossing the sands.

Derian House Children’s Hospice currently supports more than 350 families who have a child with a life threatening illness, and a further 245 who are receiving  bereavement support.

As well as end-of-life care, Derian aims to bring love and laughter to our young people and their families, giving them a chance to make precious memories together.

It costs almost £4million per year to keep the doors open at Derian House, but less than 10 per cent of this comes from government funding. For the remainder, we rely on the generosity of our supporters.

Places cost £15 per adult and £8 per child (16 and under), including a Derian House baseball cap to wear on the day as well as the booking fee that the Guide Over Sands Trust has introduced for each person this year.

All sponsorship money raised will make such a difference to the children and young people who are cared for at Derian House, and their families.

To book your place visit or call the Fundraising Team on 01257 271271.  Please note, walkers cannot show up on the day without having booked.

New holiday lodge gets seal of approval

Derian on Holiday’s brand new lodge at Ribby Hall was given the official thumbs-up by the generous donors who bought it, this week.

Red Sea Pedestrians (RSP), a charitable committee of business men and women from Manchester, raised more than £250,000 to buy the lodge, at their glittering Spring Ball in April.

Highlights of the event, held at The Lowry Hotel in Manchester, included the “stand for a grand” section of the auction in which donors stood up to pledge an amazing total of £61,000 for “Tallulah”, a 6ft elephant sculpture decorated by the children at Derian House.

Antony and Nadine Wagman, from RSP, visited Ribby Hall on Monday to see the lodge, and meet four-year-old William Ballantyne and his family, who were staying there for a free week’s holiday.

Mum Becky Ballantyne, of Lostock Hall, said: “The Derian on Holiday lodge is fab because it caters for all of William’s needs – the wheelchair can get round the corridors and it has everything we need. Ribby Hall itself is great as it is all fully-accessible.

“This week will be all about spending good quality time together as a family and creating memories.”

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

Families can relax and spend time together making precious memories.

Antony Wagman, of Red Sea Pedestrians, said: “We were blown away when we saw the lodge. It’s phenomenal and we’re just so delighted and proud that we’ve been able to raise money for this.

“We’ve raised money for Derian House for some years now and we will continue to do so as far as we can, it’s a wonderful cause.”

Red Sea Pedestrians is made up of a team of 10 hard-working volunteers 11 years ago. It has since raised a total of £2.5million for more than 22 charitable causes, with over £1million being donated directly to the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital. They have since been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Contribution to Voluntary Services. The charity was set up to address the specific needs of North West Children’s Charities. For more information please see:

Jailbreak celebs and business leaders raise £35,000 for children’s charity


Business leaders from across the North West have busted their way out of jail, raising more than £35,000 for a children’s hospice.

They were joined by celebrity cellmates burlesque queen Kiki DeVille and Extreme Cake Makers’ Rosie Dummer at Bail Me Out – Derian House Children’s Hospice’s most outrageous money-raising challenge of the year.

The 16 inmates were “arrested” on Friday morning at Leyland Police Station, before being thrown behind bars at La Corte Italian restaurant in Leyland, the former police station.

Locked in the Victorian cells, their only hope of release was to raise £999 bail money – with only their phones and laptops to help them out.

The dastardly crimes committed included impersonating Bradley Walsh, uncontrollable snacking, and excessive fabulousness.

Derian House Patron and cabaret queen Kiki DeVille, who took part in the event, said: “I’m a parent of Derian House and I know exactly what it is that Derian does for families. Not just children who are with us, but for bereaved families too. It’s incredibly important that we spread the word, get people knowing what Derian does, how it’s an amazingly life-affirming place and that it needs £4million a year to function. What we do at Derian is incredibly important.”

Her fellow cellmate John Hesketh, Regional Director of NatWest Premier Banking North Region, said: “Bail me Out was brilliant. The people I was in with were a really good bunch and very passionate about the work of Derian House. I’m a family man and have four kids, who have always been fit and healthy. Sometimes you take the basics for granted, so for me it was about being grateful for what I’ve got and giving something back.”

The resourceful “criminals” not only raised their bail money but smashed the challenge raising a total of £35,138.46 so far, with donations still coming in.

Miriam Payne, Events and Promotions Manager at Derian House Children’s Hospice, said: “Bail Me Out has been a fantastic success, far beyond our wildest dreams. We like to put the fun in fundraising at Derian House, and that’s what this event was all about – as well as raising much needed funds. We are so grateful to everyone who took part – from the wonderful participants who really embraced the theme, to Chorley and Leyland police, Lancashire Police Cadets, Judge Batman and the team at La Corte who looked after us so well. Everybody should be very proud of what they have achieved.

“The money our ‘prisoners’ raised will make a huge difference to the children, young people and families who are cared for by Derian House. £35,000 will pay for the running costs of Derian House Children’s Hospice for two whole days, as well as giving ten families a week’s holiday at our ‘Derian on Holiday’ lodges; three children the chance to go on a residential activity holiday; and pay to sponsor a Derian nurse for 10 days. Not bad for a day’s work!”

Derian House Children’s Hospice cares for more than 400 children with life-limiting and life-threatening illnesses from across the North West.

It costs more than £4million to run services each year, and yet the charity receives less than 10 per cent of this from the NHS. For the remainder, it relies on the generosity of supporters.


  • 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”
  • 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”
  • 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”

Derian House offers support to families affected by proposed Bury hospice closure

Derian House Children’s Hospice has vowed to open its doors to help families affected by the planned closure of a children’s hospice in Bury, announced yesterday.

Forget Me Not at Grace’s Place is currently caring for 17 families from across the Greater Manchester area. But if plans go ahead, will close its doors in August.

The charity blamed insufficient funding from the NHS which has left it in an “unsustainable position”.

Earlier this year, both Zoe’s Place in Liverpool and Shooting Stars Children’s Hospices in the south-east announced cuts to services, and last month Acorns in Walsall announced it is set to close this autumn due to the rising cost of delivering care.

David Robinson, Chief Executive of Derian House Children’s Hospice, said: “We were saddened to hear about the planned closure of Forget Me Not at Grace’s Place children’s hospice facility in Bury.

“The news of any of our fellow children’s hospices falling into financial difficulties is always unsettling and we send our support to the families, management, staff, volunteers and trustees at Grace’s Place.

“We would like to reassure families affected by this closure, who find themselves in a position of need, that we will do all we can to accommodate them. We have a robust referrals process and will fast-track any referrals from these families.

“Derian House has been open for 26 years, and through good financial planning and the generous support of our community, we are in a strong position to maintain services long into the future, so we want to reassure the families we support that they need not worry.

“However, we are in a similar position to all children’s hospices in that the funding from NHS England and the 18 Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in our area, is woefully inadequate and in some cases we receive no funding at all. It costs us more than £4million every year to look after more than 400 children and young people with life-limiting conditions and just 7.8 per cent of this comes from these statutory sources.

“As leaders in children’s palliative care, our hospice has to maintain the same high standards as a NHS hospital, and we must adhere to the same rigorous regulations. It is, therefore, scandalous that more than 90 per cent of our funding comes from bucket collections and bake sales. How can this be right?

“The government and local authorities are good at making promises, holding meetings and producing aspirational documents about the future of children’s hospices, but these ideas need to be put into action. The time to talk is over.

“The government needs to take positive and immediate action to secure proper funding for all children’s hospices in the UK. If not, the shutting down of Acorns in Walsall, Grace’s Place in Bury and recent news about reducing services from Zoe’s Place and Shooting Stars could just be the beginning.

“The latest news about the NHS England pledge of £25million for children’s hospices by 2023/24 is promising, however this does not solve the immediate issue.”

Month: July 2019