What We Do

Derian House Children’s Hospice provides respite and end-of-life care for children and young people with life-limiting conditions, across Lancashire and South Cumbria.

Our respite breaks give families a chance to re-charge their batteries, or simply spend time together as a family without worrying about the medical side of their child’s care.

When it comes to end-of-life care, our aim is to make the most difficult time a family will have to go through the best it can be, whether this is at Derian House or at home.

We cannot change a diagnosis, but our experienced team of palliative care nurses can offer support, comfort, reassurance, and instil a sense of calm.  We are always on-call, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.


nights of respite care


hours of day care


hours of Derian at Home visits


hours of family play visits

Every year we provide

  • Care for more than 400 children and young people
  • 2,200 nights of respite care
  • 100 nights of care in our Sunflower Rooms where children can rest before their funeral
  • 35 hours of music therapy
  • 250 hours of weekly clubs during school holidays
  • Day trips for more than 35 young people and their siblings
  • 1,500 hours of day care
  • 450 hours of pool fun in hydrotherapy and family splash sessions
  • 800 hours of family-supervised play visits
  • 1,100 Derian at Home visits from our ‘hospice at home’ team
  • 190 sessions of bereavement counselling

To access Derian House services, you must be referred, either by a professional or through our self-referral process. To find out if you may be eligible for our services, give us a call on 01257 233 300.

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