£100,000 cinema brings families together at Chorley children’s hospice

The magic of the movies is bringing smiles to seriously ill children – with the opening of a brand new accessible cinema at Derian House Children’s Hospice.

Now children and young people confined to wheelchairs, or even hospital beds, will be able to enjoy the full cinematic experience alongside their family and friends, without leaving the building.

The ribbon was cut to officially open the new cinema today (Thursday, 29 August), by Wigan actor Ben Batt – who appeared in Channel 4 comedy drama Shameless and Marvel blockbuster Captain America: The First Avenger.

Friends Francesca, 15 and Amelie, 14, who both come to Derian House for respite, were the first to experience it, with a screening of The Greatest Showman.

Amelie’s dad Darren said: “Having a facility like this is going to make a family trip to the cinema something we can now do. Being in busy crowded places can cause Amelie to have a meltdown so going to the cinema isn’t something she would cope with. Knowing that this is in environment where Amelie is happy will be a big benefit for us.”

The £100,000 cinema has been donated to the hospice by charity Together for Cinema, which brings cinema to children with life-limiting conditions.

Founder Ian Morrish said: “This was a hugely ambitious project that has been achieved with the help and generosity of many within the audio visual industry. We hope that the children, their families and of course the staff enjoy the new facility for many years to come.”

The state-of-the-art cinema is part of the hospice’s £1.2 million “Fit for the Future” refurbishment to ensure the building is suitable for the ever-changing needs of the children and young people who use Derian House now and in the future.

The 120-inch screen will give families a fully-immersive experience, with hotdogs, popcorn and candy floss being served to make their trip as authentic as possible.

Stephen Nevison, Director of Intuitive Homes, donated his time and expertise to lead the installation of the new cinema. His six-year-old daughter Aria even raised £1,500 to buy little extras including beanbags, a popcorn machine, a light-up sign and film posters for the room by designing and selling compact mirrors.

Stephen said: “I am so grateful to all of the manufacturers who have donated products and would like to give a special thanks to the ones who really went over and above what anyone could have expected and made my initial wish-list into a reality. It’s been an absolute pleasure working at Derian as all of the staff have been so accommodating and lovely to be around.

“I’m incredibly proud of the results we have achieved and can’t wait for the children and families to use it. This has been an amazing experience so far and more rewarding that I could have imagined and I’m looking forward to the years of supporting and working with Derian House in the future.”

David Robinson, Chief Executive at Derian House Children’s Hospice, said:  “We are absolutely blown away by the generosity of Together For Cinema and all the suppliers who have donated products to make Derian at the Movies a reality. Stephen Nevison and the team from Intuitive Homes have gone above and beyond our wildest dreams to create a beautiful cinema room that will make a huge difference to the children, young people and families who come to Derian House.

“When you have a child with a life-limiting condition, simple things such as going to the cinema as a family can often seem impossible. Juggling accessibility issues, care needs and the needs of siblings means that our families often miss out.

“At Derian House, we do our very best to ensure our families get the same opportunities as everyone else. Our families can now book in for movie nights – complete with popcorn and snacks – enjoying precious time together making memories. “

Bank holiday walkers raise £9,000 for Derian House

More than 200 intrepid walkers crossed Morecambe Bay to raise money for Derian House Children’s Hospice on Bank Holiday Monday.

The walkers set off from the promenade at Arnside and headed out onto the sands, led by the Queen’s new official Guide to the Sands, Michael Wilson.

The group – wearing the trademark green Derian House caps – then crossed the River Kent, through 2ft-deep water, and finally across the salt marshes, finishing at Kent’s Bank Station.

Those taking part included families who use Derian’s services, business supporters and staff, with the youngest participant little Poppy at just two-years-old.

The event also coincided with International Day of the Dog, with a number of plucky pups joining their owners to take part.

The walk, now in its 24th year, raised £9,000 for the charity which helps more than 400 seriously ill children and young people every year.

Miriam Payne, Event and Promotions Manager at Derian House, said: “Morecambe Bay Walk is one of our favourite events, and this was the perfect way to spend the Bank Holiday. The weather was glorious and everyone was in a great mood, having fun and raising money for Derian House. We were so lucky, especially considering what the weather was like on the original date!

“I’d especially like to thank all of the Derian staff and volunteers who made it possible to pull off this event, and helped keep everyone safe.”

The Morecambe Bay Walk had originally been planned for Saturday, 10 August, but torrential rain and flash flooding meant it was called off at the last minute for safety reasons.

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.

Businesses honoured at Corporate Challenge Awards

Fundraising superstars are set to be honoured in the inaugural Derian House Corporate Challenge Awards.

A glittering ceremony will see businesses from across the North West handed awards for the weird and wonderful ways in which they have raised money for the children’s charity this year.

More than 30 businesses took part in the £50 Corporate Challenge, launched in February, which saw them given £50 and set the task of turning it into as much money as possible.

They certainly lived up to their promises, with more than £30,000 being raised for the hospice which offers respite and end-of-life care for more than 400 children and young people from across the North West.

The challenge has seen chests waxed, heads shaved and mountains scaled. One company even set a Guinness World Record when friends Fiona May Beaty and Katie Simpson ran the London Marathon while dressed as a tooth and toothpaste (fastest marathon dressed as a toiletry item – female)!

The ceremony will take place on Friday, 27 September, at the Sales Geek Bunker in Altham, East Lancashire, where attendees will enjoy a barbecue, beers and games.

Abi Williamson, Corporate Partnership Manager at Derian House Children’s Hospice said: “When we launched the £50 Corporate Challenge back in February we had no idea the lengths our fabulous business supporters would go to in order to raise money for our children. We have been absolutely blown away by their creativity, humour and sheer determination and it’s been wonderful to see such a variety of different ideas.

“This is the first year of the £50 Corporate Challenge fundraising event and with more than £30,000 raised, we’re really proud to have reached such a brilliant total. We plan to repeat the challenge next year and we’d love even more businesses to get involved to support their local children’s hospice.”

Derian House offers respite and end-of-life-care for more than 400 children and young people from across the North West. It costs more than £4 million every year to run services, and yet Derian House receives less than 10 per cent of its funding from statutory sources, having to rely on the generosity of its supporters for the remaining 90 per cent.

THE SHORTLIST: Corporate Challenge Awards Finalists 2019

 Above and Beyond Award

Jets GPS: Runners Fiona and Katie pasted the London Marathon when they ran the race dressed as a tooth and toothpaste and set a new Guinness World Record. The company also got their contacts involved to host a fantastic netball tournament.

Chameleon: Held a fabulous Spring Fayre at The Laurels at Charnock including a brilliant Easter Egg hunt for children.  They also swung into action hosting a corporate golf day.

Media Village: A hair-raising way to make money was demonstrated by employee Ross Chamberlain who shaved his head and flowing beard whilst being cheered on by the rest of the staff.

Bind Studio: Held two silent art auctions with works donated by celebrated artists including Bake Off’s Noel Fielding.

KJ Fire: Not only did this family-run business take part in a bike ride from Manchester to Blackpool, scale the Lake District Three Peaks and run the Sydney 10k, they also held a midsummer party night to raise money.

LOL Award

Findel: Chest waxing gone wrong!

Media Village: Ross braves the shave (‘Chief Hugger’ Ross aka Rapunzel went for the chop)

Fulfilment Crowd: Employees got their own back and paid to chuck wet sponges at their managers – what good sports!

 Most Creative Award

Bind Studio: Two auctions of stunning artwork by celebrated artists based on the theme of memories.

Right Direction Marketing: Talented photographer Roger England took a stunning photo of a flower from the garden at Derian House. Jessops printed it and Roger sold tickets to raffle the canvas.

Iced Graphic: The firm created their very own fantasy football league from scratch.

Huntapac: Raised money and educated the public at the same time at their Open Farm Day.

Findel: A whole host of events from ‘pay a pound to park’ day at work to coffee mornings, car washes and even the fabulous duvet day raffle in the office.

 Social Media Award

Fulfilment Crowd: The team here love a Boomerang and plastered their social media with the comedy videos! They also told the world about their fundraising FIFA tournaments, raffle and a sponge-throw.

Media Village: The video of Ross braving the shave was posted across LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Findel: Excellent promotion of all their fundraising events.

Handelsbanken: Held a coffee morning with a difference including pictures of all the cakes and sweet treats to lure in the customers.

Chameleon: Smashed social media with pictures of stall holders at their Spring Fayre, excellent sponsorship of each hole at the golf day and a dedication to sharing Derian House posts.

 Endurance Award

Nybble: Scored a blinder with their 12-hour football challenge and family fun day in Blackburn.

Utiligroup: Staff went above and beyond to scale the Three Peaks.

Jets GPS: These hot shots held a netball marathon and got everyone involved.

Service Care Solutions: The gruelling Three Peaks was no challenge for these guys.

Vincents Solicitors: Challenged themselves competing in an ‘It’s a Knock Out’ tournament.

LFP Consultants: The guys racked up the miles with their step challenge that saw staff promising to undertake a mile-a-day. One dedicated employee even walked round Berlin while on their holiday.

Commitment to the Cause Award

KJ Fire: Held a fantastic midsummer party with live music and food.

Genesis IT: Spread the word about Derian’s good work at business expos, while taking donations for the cause.

Right Direction Marketing: Roger’s stunning flower picture (see above)

Bind Studio: The fantastic silent auctions (see above)

Frederick’s Ice cream: Held a fabulous ‘Meet the Players Day’ with stars from Chorley Football Club.

Thermofisher: Held a successful raffle and a host of office events.

There will also be special awards for the most entrepreneurial fundraising idea, for the highest total raised in the challenge, and special recognition awards from Derian House and sponsor Sales Geek.

Cash injection from construction trust

The Eric Wright Charitable Trust – the charitable arm and sole owner of the Eric Wright Group – donated £25,000 to Derian House Children’s Hospice, after nominating the hospice as one if its Charities of the Year.

Two of the Trustees, Michele Collier and Alison Wright, who is also the wife of Eric Wright, founder of the Preston based property and construction company the Eric Wright Group, visited Derian to present the cheque.

Alison Wright, said: “We are thrilled to offer this cheque to such a deserving charity, which supports the needs of many local families who depend on the organisation for their respite care and excellent support networks.
“Without these facilities, families could face an uncertain future so it is essential that Derian can provide the necessary equipment and facilities to maintain a high-quality standard of care and offer ongoing support to those who need it.”

Derian House Children’s Hospice provides respite and end-of-life care to more than 400 children and young people with life-limiting and life-shortening conditions.

When families come to Derian House, they can relax and spend time together making happy memories, safe in the knowledge the medical side of their child’s care is being looked after.

The charity also offers support for parents, grandparents and siblings.

Kevin Bedford, Fundraising Manager for Derian House Children’s Hospice, said: “We’ve been working with Eric Wright Trust for many years now and we are very grateful that they have chosen us as one of their official Charities of the Year in 2019.

“£25,000 is a significant amount for the charity. It could fund a nurse’s scholarship for a year, allowing someone to gain the training they need to provide care for complex children as part of the Derian House team, and also send 13 of our families on a free week’s break to our holiday lodge at Ribby Hall. This money will make a real difference to our children and young people.”

Derian House needs more than £4million every year to provide its services, and yet less than 10 per cent of this comes from government funding. For the remaining 90 per cent, the charity relies on the generosity of supporters.

Month: August 2019