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: www.redseapedestrians.org