Derian House History
Prior to 1991 there were no dedicated respite or palliative support facilities in Lancashire for families of children with life shortening conditions, and it was in response to a plea for funding for a children’s hospice from the Haydock family from Leyland, whose son Derek was suffering from a life threatening condition, that the concept of Derian House was born.
The Haydock family from Leyland set up a fundraising group with the aim of building a children’s hospice. Their son Derek had a life-threatening condition so they combined the names of both their sons, Derek and Ian, to create Derian House. They raised £25,000 towards the capital costs before asking Margaret Vinten to take over the campaign and make their vision a reality.
Derian House welcomes its first child, a baby boy aged three months, on the 11th of October
First Morecambe Bay Walk takes place
First Forget Me Not appeal raised £34,269
Planets in the Park with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra (RLPO) raises £21,305
Lights of Love staged at Blackburn Cathedral for the first time
Derian Lodge opens in November
Margaret Vinten awarded an MBE for her years of service to Derian House
Derian House celebrates 25 years of care and Derian on Holiday opens
Derian House Children’s Hospice was named Charity of the Year 2019 at the prestigious JustGiving Awards