Tributes have been made to Ian Haydock, the co-founder of Derian House Children’s Hospice, who has passed away aged 69.
The Chorley granddad (pictured, right) died from pneumonia in Royal Preston Hospital on Saturday, April 18, 2020, after suffering heart and diabetes complications.
Ian came up with the idea to found a children’s hospice after losing his brother Derek to Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) in 1969, aged 19.
He started a fundraising campaign with his family in 1991, raising the initial £25,000, before turning to local businesswoman Margaret Vinten, who helped make his dream become a reality.
In 1993 Derian House Children’s Hospice welcomed its first child through the doors. The name Derian is a combination of the names of Derek and Ian.
Now more than a quarter of a century later, the charity has gone from strength to strength and looks after more than 400 children and young people with life-limiting conditions from across the North West.
Ian was born in Preston, but grew up in the Blackstone Road area of Chorley, before the family moved to a farm in Samlesbury.
He leaves son Gareth, daughter Lesley, and granddaughter, Carrie Anne.
David Robinson, Chief Executive of Derian House Children’s Hospice paid tribute, saying: “It was with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Ian Haydock, one of the founders of Derian House, and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.
“I was delighted to show Ian and his family around the hospice as part of our 25th anniversary celebrations in 2018. It was heart-warming to see his emotional reaction to the amazing facilities and care we are able to offer.
“I hope Ian’s family take some comfort in the fact that his legacy will live on in the name of our hospice and in the good work we do to help children and young people from across the North West.”