Fundraising superstars honoured at glittering ceremony

Businesses from across the North West raised almost £36,000 for children with life-limiting conditions, as part of the first-ever Derian House £50 Corporate Challenge.

A total of 22 firms were honoured for their fantastic fundraising efforts at an awards night held at the Sales Geek Bunker in Altham, East Lancashire, on Friday night.

The challenge, launched in February, saw each business given £50 and set the task of turning it into as much money as possible.

The enterprising companies certainly lived up to their promises, with a total of £35,816 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)!

Overall winners of the night were staff from Chameleon Financial Planning, who raised an impressive £7,021 with their Spring Fayre, Easter Egg hunt and corporate golf day.

Gurdit Singh, Director of Chameleon, said: “The corporate challenge was fantastic for team-building. Getting everybody involved in events in the community has really given them a sense of fulfilment and pride.

“We’re thrilled to win and see that all our hard work paid off. Now we’re busy coming up with new ideas to try to win it again next year!”

The Corporate Challenge Awards saw businesses coming together for a celebration of their efforts, with beer, a barbecue and networking.

It was also a chance to watch videos of the weird and wonderful ways in which each firm raised cash for the hospice.

Abi Williamson, Corporate Partnerships Manager at Derian House Children’s Hospice, said: “We were absolutely overwhelmed at how the businesses took the idea and ran with it. The variety of different ways they have got behind the challenge has been wonderful to watch and we’re over the moon at the total raised. This will make a real difference to our families at Derian House.”

Richard Few, Founder and Chief Geek at Sales Geek, said: “We decided to get involved after visiting Derian House. I don’t think you can walk around the hospice and not feel compelled afterwards to want to help in some way. It was fantastic to see the number of people who have got involved and the amount of money raised. It’s been great for the businesses themselves and all for a great cause.”


WINNERS: Corporate Challenge Awards 2019


£50 Challenge Winner – Chameleon Financial Planning
Raised more than £7,000 with their Spring Fayre, Easter egg hunt and gigantic raffle. They also held a corporate golf day.


Above and Beyond Award – Jets GPS
Went the extra mile when two of the team ran the London Marathon dressed as a tooth and toothbrush and managed to bag a Guinness World Record in the process! They also recruited other local businesses to take part in their netball tournament.


Most Entrepreneurial – System Hygiene
Used their £50 to buy a pitch at a local car boot sale and also dabbled with football cards across the office and got colleagues to fill Smarties tubes with £1 coins.


LOL Award – Media Village
For employee Ross’s hilarious video “braving the shave”


Most Creative – Bind Studio
Bind held two auctions of stunning artwork by celebrated artists, including Great British Bake Off’s Noel Fielding.


Social Media Superstars – fulfilmentcrowd
The team at fulfilmentcrowd plastered their social media with comedy pictures videos to tell the world about their fundraising FIFA tournaments, raffles and a sponge-throw.


Commitment to the Cause – K J Fire Safety
There was nothing these guys wouldn’t tackle. They held a fantastic midsummer party with live music and food, scaled the Lake District three peaks, took part in the Morecambe Bay Walk, and one person even took on a 10k hike in Sydney, Australia! And they’ve not finished yet, with a five-day trek up the Andes mountains in Peru planned.


Endurance Award – Nybble
Nybble scored a blinder with their 12-hour football challenge and family fun day in Blackburn.


Derian House Special Recognition Award – Service Care Solutions
The loyal supporters of Derian House held a barbecue, bake sale and staff took part in the three peaks challenge.


Sales Geek Special Recognition Award – Findel Education
Findel stood out for both the amount of events they held and their unique fundraising ideas, including a charity car wash, sponsored silence, duvet day auction, £1 parking for the day, takeaway lunch for everyone and office raffles.

Peter’s wheely good challenge for Derian House

A New Longton truck driver is planning to cycle across Cuba to raise money for children with life-limiting conditions.

Peter Boulton, 67, will undertake the gruelling challenge next month in aid of Derian House Children’s Hospice, which helps more than 400 children and their families from across Lancashire.

The self-funded challenge is nothing new for thrill-seeking Peter, who has previously raised £50,000 for charities with six international fundraising events, including a dog sled expedition across Lapland, scaling Mount Kilimanjaro, travelling to Everest Base Camp, cycling from Vietnam to Cambodia and also across Rajasthan in India.

Peter, who has already raised £4,000 of his £10,000 target, with an afternoon tea event organised with the help of wife Valerie, said: “It’s been a wonderful experience taking on these challenges over the past 10 years. It keeps me fit and active and also gives back to my local community.

“This is my first fundraising challenge for Derian House and I am looking forward to raising money and helping local children and their families.”

To help boost funds, is hosting a bingo night on Friday, 4 October, at Longton VM Bowling Club. Doors open at 7pm. Entry is free and all are welcome.

Kevin Bedford, Fundraising Manager at Derian House Children’s Hospice, said: “Peter’s challenge for Derian House is really inspiring and the money he raises will make a real difference to the children and young people we care for.

“Derian House Children’s Hospice supports more than 400 children with life limiting conditions across Lancashire, with respite and end-of-life care. Our aim is to give children the very best care, and help families create happy memories together to last a lifetime.”

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New hospice service gives young adults a helping hand

Helping young adults with life-limiting conditions to build a network of friends is the focus of a new service at Derian House Children’s Hospice.

Derian House has joined forces with charity LifeNoW for the new project that aims to smooth the transition from children’s to adult services.

A member of staff will dedicate their time to making sure young adults can enjoy an active social life and get the support they need to lead a fulfilling life in the outside world.

“When a young adult reaches their 26th birthday, they are no longer able to access services at Derian House and, although their care needs can be met by adult services, they can find themselves feeling socially isolated,” said Lynn Grayson, Clinical Director at Derian House Children’s Hospice.

“Advancements in technology and medicine mean life expectancy for some people with complex conditions is improving, and we are seeing more and more young adults facing this situation. Where they once enjoyed coming to Derian for respite stays, social visits and emotional support, they can find themselves socially cut off and spending more time alone.” She added.

The partnership is believed to be the first of its kind in the sector and is based on a shared vision for helping children and young people live their best life now, no matter what difficulties they face.

LifeNow has funded the special member of staff to work at Derian House for one year, with possibilities of rolling out the programme further.

The newly-appointed LifeNow Transition Support Worker, Shelley Baron, will work with more than 20 young people at Derian House, helping them to build supportive social networks in the outside world and ensuring they have as much support as possible from agencies.

“I am passionate about the needs of young adults and helping them to make a rich and fulfilling social life in which they are supported outside the hospice setting,” said Shelley, who took up the post in September.

George Thomas, Co-Founder and Trustee at LifeNow, said: “We appreciate that even with the best NHS and local services there can be challenges in the transition from children’s to adult services, and this is what we aim to bridge.

“This is the beginning of a very exciting time and we are really proud that this excellent project has come to fruition. What this new service provides is hope and not just for those young adults immediately involved, but for younger families who will see provision being made for their children in the future.”

Chorley Live and local children’s hospice band together


Visitors to this year’s Chorley Live can now get their event wristbands to guarantee them a great night out with help from the local children’s hospice, Derian House.

In addition to once again teaming up with the Creative Network, Chorley Council is working with Derian House on this year’s Chorley Live festival as part of a partnership to raise further awareness of the event and the children’s hospice.

Now in its seventh year, Chorley Live takes over dozens of venues from cafes to churches and everything in between, sprinkling a bit of magic over Chorley town centre on a Friday and Saturday night.

It transforms the atmosphere in the town with people of all ages from 8 to 80 enjoying live entertainment into the night.

The bright green wristbands that guarantee entry to all venues are on sale for just £5 and feature the Derian House logo. Over 30 venues have signed up to host the festival, which this year will feature the Derian House outdoor stage on Fazakerley Street.

Councillor Peter Wilson, Deputy Leader of Chorley Council, said: “It’s been brilliant to see Chorley Live grow year on year and we are delighted to have Derian House working with ourselves and the Creative Network to make the event even bigger.

“Over 11,000 people from all over the North West came to Chorley last year for a night out because it is something a bit different with almost 300 live performances to choose from over two nights.

“The event will not only boost our local economy and improve trade in Chorley businesses, but it will also attract more of the public into Chorley to enjoy the nightlife and see everything Chorley has to offer with entertainment for all ages and families.  It is extremely popular and we’d encourage people to get their wristbands now.”

David Robinson, Chief Executive at Derian House Children’s Hospice, said: “Chorley Live is a fantastic event, which we are absolutely thrilled to be a part of this year. The partnership will help us to raise money over the weekend to support more than 400 local families who have a child with a life-threatening illness.

“It is great to see our logo added to the wristbands and we are very excited to be hosting the new stage area on Fazakerley Street, alongside the street’s two venues, The Shed and Lost Bar.”

Nigel Stewart founder of the Creative Network and who came up with the ‘Live’ concept, said: “It’s fantastic to see how many businesses are happy to offer themselves as venues, and how it’s bringing organisations like Derian House, together to show they are willing to get involved with the event and promote the town.

“The venues are already excited for the event and how much interest there is already across Chorley.  We are expecting wristbands to sell out again and that’s not surprising at just £5 – you get so much for your money.

“The performers are also selling wristbands and it’s going to be a great opportunity for performers to get out there and show off their talents to new faces and followers.”

Chorley Live takes place on Friday 4 and Saturday 5 October.  Further information can be found at

For more information please contact Events and Tourism Lead, Louise Finch on 01257 515062.

The venues are:

  • Bay Leaf
  • Bubble n Shake
  • Buttonhole
  • Covered Market
  • Crown
  • Cunliffe Hall
  • Flat Iron
  • Ginnel
  • Goodies
  • Grandad Jims
  • Hollinshead Street Church Hall
  • Imperial
  • Last Orders
  • Library
  • Little Theatre
  • Lost (Fazakerley Street stage)
  • Massa’s
  • Pearsons
  • Prince of Wales
  • Railway
  • Rose and Crown
  • Rosie Posies
  • Sam’s Bar
  • Shed (Fazakerley Street stage)
  • Shepherd’s Hall
  • St George’s Church
  • St Laurence’s Church
  • St Mary’s Social Club
  • Town Hall
  • White Bull
  • White Hart
  • Inspire Chorley Youth Zone

Month: September 2019