Derian House wins national Charity of the Year award

A hospice which helps children with life-limiting conditions to make the most of every moment, has won a national award.

Derian House Children’s Hospice was named Charity of the Year 2019 at the prestigious JustGiving Awards, held at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London last night (Tuesday, 22 October).

The Chorley-based charity looks after more than 400 children, young people and their families from across the North West, offering respite and end-of-life care.

The hospice beat off competition from more than 50,000 other charities to scoop the top award.

David Robinson, Chief Executive of Derian House, said: “We are really overwhelmed to have been named Charity of the Year in the JustGiving Awards 2019 – we didn’t expect to win and this national accolade will really help us to reach out to more families and help put Derian House on the map.

“We get very little money from the government and JustGiving is a fundamental part of helping us to raise the cash we need to keep the hospice running.

“The ceremony was inspirational and humbling in equal measures. To hear the wonderful stories of people from across the UK was a real privilege. I’d like to thank our fellow nominees, Breast Cancer Haven and My Name’5 Doddie Foundation – both really worthy charities.

“Big thanks to everyone who voted for us. We are thrilled.”

It costs more than £4.3 million to run services at Derian House Children’s Hospice every year. The charity receives less than 10 per cent of this through statutory funding. For the remainder, it must rely on the generosity of its supporters.

A JustGiving Awards spokesperson said: “We can’t believe that the JustGiving Awards are over for another year! It was an incredible evening which celebrated the dedication, generosity and unimaginable feats of fundraisers and charities from across the JustGiving community. This year we received the record number of 50,000 public nominations, and after weeks of deliberation we managed to whittle this down to 24 finalists. We were honoured to have the opportunity to share each of the finalists’ stories, and we finished the evening feeling inspired, and just a little bit emotional.

“We want to thank everyone who took the time out of their day to nominate and vote for this year’s winners.”

Boost for donated sofas

Cash generated by second-hand sofas is set for a boost with Derian House being added to a national database for those wishing to donate their furniture.

North West furniture maker Sofas by Saxon has compiled listings from across the UK to make donating a sofa as easy as possible, on the UK sofa donation database.

It is hoped this will reduce landfill and provide valuable income for charities, such as Derian House Children’s Hospice, which must raise £4.3million every year to continue supporting 450 families of children with life-limiting conditions from across the North West.

Those wishing to donate their old sofas have been given some top-tips by Sofas by Saxon:

• Make sure your sofa is in a good saleable condition with no stains or tears to fabric.

• Take a moment to check that your fire safety labels are still attached to the sofa. By law, these are needed for re-sale. Not sure what a fire safety label looks like? Have a look at the regulations here.

Derian House offers a free collection service for donated sofas. Call 01257 485 823 to arrange a pickup.

Derian House shines a light on hospice care to mark Hospice Care Week 2019

Derian House Children’s Hospice is celebrating Hospice Care Week 2019 (Oct 7-13) by shining a light on the behind-the-scenes work that goes into providing world-class end-of-life care.

Every year, Hospice UK – the national charity for hospice and palliative care – organises the event to help raise awareness of the incredible work carried out by hospice staff and volunteers across the UK.

This year’s theme – This is What it Takes – takes a look at the statistics behind providing hospice care, from the number of cups of tea made in one year to the money our volunteers save us on wages.

Did you know that every year…

  • Our gardener Gareth mows the equivalent of 43 football pitches to keep our gardens looking great.
  • Jeff the chef makes 12,035 meals to feed children, families and volunteers.
  • We wash 736 windows.
  • Our children enjoy 420 hours of hydrotherapy pool fun.
  • Families come for 840 hours-worth of play visits.
  • 92 families are given a free week’s holiday at our holiday lodge at Ribby Hall to make happy memories.
  • Our Derian at Home team make 1,180 visits out in the community.
  • Rachel our music teacher delivers 34 hours of music sessions.
  • We go through 456 bathtubs of tea to fuel our families (that’s nearly 200,000 cups!).
  • We enjoy 90 ‘pawsome’ visits from our Pets as Therapy dogs Shuna, Charlie and Paddy. (See below for more stats)

Fun activities for families are being held throughout the week, with everyone dressing in yellow on Wednesday to mark the occasion.

Derian House Children’s Hospice looks after more than 400 children, young people and their families from across the North West offering respite and end-of-life-care.

The charity’s aim is to help children whose lives are too short to make happy memories in an environment of fun, respect and high quality care.

The care provided to families is free, but it costs £4.3 million every year. Less than 10 per cent of this comes from statutory funding, with the charity reliant on the generosity of donations for the remainder.

As well as 140 staff, there is a team of around 100 active volunteers helping to provide services at Derian House. If volunteers were paid, it would cost more than £75,000 a year.

David Robinson, Chief Executive of Derian House Children’s Hospice said: “Hospice Care Week is all about celebrating the work we do at Derian House. For this year’s theme we are taking a look at the less obvious things we do that makes hospice care so very special – everything from keeping our gardens lovely to the time we spend making our siblings feel valued.

“This week is also a chance for us to say a big thank you to our amazing staff and volunteers. We simply couldn’t do what we do without them.

“But as wonderful as the care we offer at Derian House is, it’s important that people realise it comes at a price. The services we provide for our families is completely free, but it costs £4.3million every year. Less than 10 per cent of this comes from statutory funding and for the rest we rely on donations. We don’t think it’s right that our care is reliant on bucket collections and bake sales.”

Tracey Bleakley, Chief Executive of Hospice UK, said: “Hospice care is free, but it’s not cheap. It’s important and demanding.

“And most of all, it’s very special. Join us this October and play your part in showing what it takes to give people and their families the care they need and deserve.”

To find out more about the work of Derian House or to volunteer please go to or call 01257 233 300.

Check out what we’re up to for Hospice Care Week on social media using #WhatItTakes hashtag.

Volunteers needed to make festive family fun day sparkle

Volunteers are needed to help make Derian House Children’s Hospice’s festive fundraising event a success – can you help?

The Christmas spectacular, taking place at Chorley’s Astley Park on Sunday, November 3 from 10am to 4pm, will see the park transformed into a winter wonderland, complete with real reindeer, unicorn rides and visits from Santa.

The free event is one of the charity’s biggest fundraising drives of the year, with every penny raised going towards the care of more than 400 children and young people with life-limiting conditions from across the North West.

Volunteers are needed to help set-up on the Saturday; for the day itself (Sunday) to work as entrance greeters, gift wrappers and parking marshals; and to help clean up on the Monday.

The annual event will see visitors getting the chance to stock up on Christmas gifts and trinkets from Austrian-style market stalls and there will be an array of delicious food and drinks stalls, including traditional bratwurst, hot chocolate and mulled wine.

Kids will love the open-air pantomime, a ride on the unicorns and all the fun of the fairground.

There will also be live music and performances, as well as – new for this year – a Tipi bar where visitors can relax with a drink and soak up the atmosphere.

Miriam Payne, Events and Promotions Manager at Derian House Children’s Hospice, said: “After the huge popularity of last year’s Winter Sparkle, we listened closely to the feedback we received and worked with Chorley Council to expand the 2019 event, making it bigger and better with double the amount of stalls this year.

“The Walled Garden will now play host to our food, drink and entertainment zone and we will be expanding the range of foods offered as well as showcasing old favourites. This year we will showcase a range of top entertainment with performances throughout the day for all ages.

“But we still really need volunteers to help us out on the day to make sure that we make as much money as possible for the care of our children and young people and would really value the help of our community.”

Derian House Children’s Hospice costs £4.3million to run every year, and yet less than 10 per cent of this comes from statutory funding. For the remainder, the charity has to rely on the generous support of the community.

There will be a park and ride service running from Runshaw College and Woodlands/Ackhurst Car Park with fully-accessible shuttle buses running every 10 minutes to the park entrance.

Entry to Winter Sparkle is free but some rides and attractions charge a fee.

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Month: October 2019