Tributes to Ian Haydock, co-founder of Derian House

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.”


Community rallies to help charity devastated by break-in

A Lancashire community has pulled together after heartless thieves targeted a local hospice charity shop.

Derian House Children’s Hospice has been inundated with offers of help and donations following the break-in at its shop in Chorley town centre last week.

Staff and volunteers were left devastated after raiders smashed through the roof to gain entry into the store, causing £1,000 of damage.

The charity shared the sad news on social media, appealing for witnesses. Within hours the post had gone viral, with dozens of kind-hearted tradespeople offering their help.

Now, thanks to the heroic efforts of the community, not only has the roof been fixed for free, but a brand new security system has also been donated and fitted at the store.

Well-wishers, saddened by the story which featured on regional TV news and in local newspapers, flocked to send in donations.

Local businesses and community groups also rallied to pledge money to the cause, and one parent whose daughter uses the services at Derian House created a Facebook fundraising page which raised more than £2,200 in just a few days.

The total raised – more than £10,000 – will not only pay for new security measures across the hospice’s whole network of charity shops in Leyland, Horwich and Adlington, but will also be able to pay the wage of two hospice nurses every day for the month of May.

David Robinson, Chief Executive of Derian House Children’s Hospice, said: “We have been completely overwhelmed by the outpouring of generosity shown to us. Yet again our supporters have shown us that they are there when we really need them and for that we are tremendously grateful.

“Not only has the damage been repaired for free, but the support of our community will allow us to make all of our shops safe and secure so that hopefully this will not happen again.

“On top of this gift of peace of mind, we believe there will be enough left over to pay for two nurses to care for our children and young people for the whole month of May. It’s simply amazing that something so good could come from such a horrible situation.”

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

It costs £4.8m every year to run services at Derian House, with the charity having to raise 90p in every £1 in donations.

Visit or on social media @derianhouse for more information.

Thieves cause damage at Chorley charity shop

Staff and volunteers at a Chorley children’s charity have been left devastated after heartless thieves broke into one of their charity shops.

Although no high value items were taken, the damage done to the roof of the shop will cost Derian House Children’s Hospice around £1,000 to repair.

The thieves removed slates from the shop roof and gained entry to the stockroom through the ceiling.

The shop had been closed due to the coronavirus pandemic, and luckily all cash and valuables had been removed from the premises.

The break-in was discovered on Thursday, 16 April, and police were informed.

David Robinson, Chief Executive of Derian House Children’s Hospice, said: “We’re really upset that we’ve been targeted in this way. The coronavirus outbreak has already meant that we have had to close our charity shops and cancel fundraising events, so to have to spend precious cash on repairing the damage done in this mindless act feels especially frustrating.

“Something like this is heart-breaking for our wonderful team of volunteers who work tirelessly and donate their time to running our charity shops. But, as ever, the local community have overwhelmed us with their support, with local roofers working nearby even offering to replace the missing slates free of charge.”

Derian House Children’s Hospice cares for more than 400 seriously ill children and young people from across the North West, giving families the chance to make the most of every moment they have together. The charity relies on the public for more than 90 per cent of its funding.

If you have any information about the break-in, please contact police.


Little Ava’s big read

Being stuck in the house hasn’t stopped little bookworm Ava Massey from helping others.

The kind-hearted five-year-old from Hoghton has completed a fundraising challenge of reading 101 books in one day to raise money for the children at Derian House Children’s Hospice.

Ava set her sights on the mammoth task after hearing about the work of the charity and deciding to do something “to help the poorly children get better”.

The miniature hero worked her way through books by her favourite authors including classics such as The Gruffalo and The Tiger who came to tea.

She began the task at breakfast time, reading in her princess pyjamas while eating toast.

Throughout the day she enlisted the help of friends and family who read along with her on FaceTime video calls, finally finishing the challenge with a bedtime read with her mum.

“I’m so proud of her my heart might burst,” said her mum, Jen Massey.

Ava’s big read raised a whopping £530, which will go towards helping care for more than 400 children with life-limiting conditions from across the North West.

Sarah Proctor, Community Fundraiser at Derian House Children’s Hospice, said: “We couldn’t believe it when we heard about Ava’s challenge – I don’t think many adults could even read 101 books in just one day!

“We’re so proud of Ava’s efforts and on behalf of all the children and young people at Derian House we want to thank her for raising so much money. She is a very special little girl.”

Derian House Children’s Hospice looks after more than 400 children and young people with life-limiting illnesses from across the North West. The charity must raise 93p in every £1 and so relies heavily on the generosity of its supporters.

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”Don’t let COVID fears delay seeking help” families told

Families caring for children with life-limiting or complex medical conditions must seek urgent medical support if their child becomes unwell.

UK children’s palliative care charity, Together for Short Lives fears that families caring for vulnerable and seriously ill children may delay seeking emergency medical care for their child due to fears around coronavirus and self-isolation.

The charity is hearing that some worried families are presenting far too late to A&E with serious consequences for their child. The charity stresses that these are children presenting with medical issues connected to their underlying condition, rather than COVID-19.

In the main children with complex and life-limiting conditions won’t die of COVID-19, but it would be a tragedy if they die because they do not receive help for treatable complications of their underlying condition.

Together for Short Lives is sending a clear message to families caring for very sick children, to trust their own judgement, and if their child has worrying symptoms to seek medical care immediately rather than waiting until their child becomes more seriously unwell.

If parents have serious concerns about their child’s health they should contact the GP and not be afraid to use the paediatric emergency department when it is required.

Dr Hilary Cass OBE, Chair of Together for Short Lives said:

“We know that everyone is trying to do the right thing by staying at home during the coronavirus crisis. However, we are very worried parents caring for children with life-limiting conditions might be too frightened to seek urgent medical help until it’s too late. The impact of this will be devastating and we’re already hearing that sadly children have died as a consequence.

I’m sending a very clear message to every family caring for these children. You know your child better than anyone else, and if you think your child is unwell or deteriorating you must seek medical help. Doctors will want to make sure that your child is treated before their condition deteriorates.

I stress that child deaths from COVID-19 are very rare, most vulnerable children won’t die of COVID-19, but we must do all we can do stop them dying unnecessarily of their underlying condition.”

Whilst it’s vital that families seek help is their child becomes unwell, it’s important that people shouldn’t present at A&E with minor ailments.

Dance videos go viral in hospice emergency fundraiser

Dancers are putting their best foot forward on social media, in a new dance craze to raise money for Lancashire’s children’s hospice.

Derian House Children’s Hospice, based in Chorley, asked its supporters to record themselves dancing to Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5 and post it on social media.

They asked people to text to donate £3 and nominate their friends to join in too – resulting in heart-warming and funny videos that have since gone viral.

“The outbreak of coronavirus has been catastrophic for our fundraising,” said Caroline Taylor, Communications Manager for Derian House.

“It costs £4.8million to run our services every year, and with 93p of every pound raised by our supporters, it’s left us with a big problem.

“Dance4Derian is a fun way of raising cash to help plug the gap and so far we’ve been blown away by the brilliant videos our supporters have made and how far the message has spread. It’s like our very own ice bucket challenge!

“We chose the song to reflect that our care isn’t just nine-to-five, but that we look after 400 seriously ill children and their families from across the North West, 365 days a year.”

Social media influencers and authors The Blossom Twins have recorded a video for their 21,000 followers on Twitter, and some of the charity’s celebrity supporters have also promised to get dancing for the good cause.

Dolly herself has even been tagged in the video on Twitter and staff at Derian House are keeping their fingers crossed she sees it and takes part.

The charity launched its Dance4Derian appeal with a heart-warming video filmed by nurses and children at the hospice, which has been viewed by nearly 30,000 people from across the world. You can view it here:

What to post and how to donate:

Simply record a video of yourself dancing to Dolly Parton’s 9 to 5 and post to social media with this message:

This is my #Dance4Derian.

I’ve made my donation to Derian House Children’s Hospice and nominate FRIEND’S NAMES. You have 24 hours!

Text DANCE4DERIAN to 70085 to donate £3 and help seriously ill children make the most of every moment.

Texts cost £3 plus one standard rate message.

Derian House care isn’t just 9 to 5, it’s 24/7, 365 days a year for families of seriously ill children in need.

Month: April 2020